Respect and Integrity in the Military Essay

2634 Words Mar 10th, 2012 11 Pages
Respect and integrity, what really do those mean? I could look up those words in the Oxford English Dictionary or Websters, or Dictionary.com and give a scientific, perscise and exact answer to these words. And while that tells you what they mean, does that really give their meaning. Well by Dictionary.com's standards respect is a noun that means to hold in esteem or honor, and to show regard or consideration for. And Dictionary.com says that integrity means an adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character, honesty, and the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished as to morality. The Army on the other hand has their own, similar, but specific definitions for these words, they call values, and are one of …show more content…
See respect is not about a person, its about what they have done and what they can do. Respect, like trusts, has to be earned. Not necessary from person to person, but from a persons experiences. While it is nice to respect someone with out knowing them, only because it makes for a more peaceful and pleasant place, it takes finding out who they are and what they have done to respect them. To me though Respect is personal. While I know Respect isn't the same thing as likeing them it is caring about a part of them. Respect is caring for someone, their opinions, their feeling, thoughts, and well-being, despite what they sometimes do. Respect is also caring about their past, present, and future, and having none of that matter. Respect, while it can be lost, is also the act of giving a person the chance to earn it back. Forgiving someone, and letting them do what ever they feel is nesscary to earn your respect back, is one of the ultimate forms of respect. When ever I think of respect there is an old jewish story about one of the most favous Rabbi's in all of jewish history. His name is Rabbi Hillel. The story starts when he was a child. His family was to poor to send him to school to learn the torah (bible), so he snuck to the school and onto the roof and learned from the school while

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