I have been thinking about the terms "dignity" and "respect a lot recently. First - let me share - this:
Stimmyabby is correct - respect doesn't mean the same thing to different people. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Hicks on the concept of dignity. She challenged my thinking even more.
I am a Humanist - so I think in terms of everyone having dignity and worth - and I need to respect their dignity and worth. When I talk about respecting people as the individuals they are - I am talking about recognizing they have dignity and worth as humans and treating them with dignity.
I am becoming more aware of the problems with using the word respect as a short cut to the concept of dignity. Curious to know what other people think.