Essay about Respect And Integrity, What Really Do These Mean?

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Respect and integrity, what really do these mean? I could look up these words in the English Dictionary or Webster’s and give a scientific, precise and exact answer to these words. While that tells you what they mean, does that really give them meaning? Respect is a noun that means to “esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability” (Dictionary.com). Integrity means “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty” (Dictionary.com). The Army on the other hand has their own similar, but specific definitions for these words. They call them values and are one of the seven Army Values that are at the core of how the Army expects each and every soldier to live and act. To the army Respect, is straight forward, treat someone as they should be treated, simple enough. Integrity on the other hand is a little more in depth. To the Army Integrity is doing what is right, legally and morally. But what do all of these words really mean? What do they stand for? Why do they really matter?

While I do not disagree with the Army or Dictionary’s definitions, at the same time I don 't fully agree. There is so much more to respect and integrity then these simple definitions. The concept of what they really mean is so much larger, so much deeper, means so much more, and is much more important.

Let’s start off with Respect. Respect is one of…

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