do we really respect animals?

Posted: April 19, 2011 at 7:37 pm

lol…well i am willing to bet everyone reading this blog is nodding their head and muttering… “yes i do.”

From Wikipedia
Respect denotes both a positive feeling of esteem for a person of other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected (e.g., “I have great respect for her judgment”). It can also be conduct in accord with a specific ethic of respect. Rude conduct is usually considered to indicate a lack of respect, disrespect, where as actions that honor somebody or something indicate respect.

Specific ethics of respect are of fundamental importance to various cultures. Respect for tradition and legitimate authority is identified by Jonathan Haidt as one of five fundamental moral values shared to a greater or lesser degree by different societies and individuals.[1]

Respect should not be confused with tolerance, since tolerance doesn’t necessarily imply any positive feeling, and is compatible with contempt, which is the opposite of respect.

so i am confused here.

i think i have a great deal of respect for animals..but do i? the last line throws me for a loop….cuz i am pretty damn tolerant of them too..living with more than a hundred every day of my life…i learned to be tolerant of other’s lives.

and i know i am hugely disrespectful at times, like when i cheerfully (and lovingly) call them morons, idiot-sticks or doorknobs..so i can see that connection between tolerance and contempt when i read that particular sentence and apply it to my own life.
so if it is not quite that definition of respect, but much more than just simple tolerance i feel towards them…what is it?…what is the real “word” here that i am looking for?

i haven’t a clue…do any of you???

11 Comments on "do we really respect animals?"

  • Bridget says

    what a wonderful idea for debating.

    maybe i’ll write an essay on it.

  • Shelley says

    Appreciation? Because you can appreciate both the good and bad in things…

  • lynne says

    compassion, love. understanding ,all of the above.. i dont know but i really do not think it needs a name could be just plain goodness and kindness

  • Barbara T says

    When one’s heart over flows with compassiion, understanding and love no explaination is needed, it just is; which explains how Carol handles the day to day with 100 plus animals.

  • Mauro Salles says

    Love.

  • Brenda says

    I agree – Love is what you do, and all that goes with it!

  • Leila says

    I think you think too much Carol and you are reading way too much in the tolerance thing. I think you respect other animals as a separate culture/nation. On an individual relatonship (i.e. dog person to human person) maybe respect doesn’t always come into play but does it with your relationship with all humans?

  • Bridget says

    there is the strict definition of the word, and how it’s perceived in contemporary language. it can be a wide gap.

  • Willie says

    ‘Kinship’ isn’t really the right word – but it should be :->

  • Mo says

    I am with Mauro… It is what the world needs now.. LOVE…sweet LOVE thats the only thing that there’s just too little of … La La la

  • Mary says

    Acceptance. Acceptance of who and what they are, just the way they are.

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