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Going, going gone?

What happened to respect and how do we get it back?

Respect. Aretha Franklin sang about it. Rodney Dangerfield joked about it. Americans lament the lack of it.

We feel slighted when we get cut off on the freeway. We bemoan the impoliteness of a failed “please” or “thank you.” We’re disheartened when people are mistreated for being different.

Illustration by Jimmy Holder Our leaders even fail to model the virtues of respect—witness TV news shows that turn into shrill shouting matches between advocates who have little interest in seeing the humanity in those with whom they disagree.

Our lamentations may become even more visceral when a cell phone disrupts the solemnity of Sunday worship.


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