Can you respect someone for something even if you're totally against one or more aspects of their political/ethical views?
Real life example: One of my favorite singers, the late Luke Kelly of the Dubliners, was a very firm socialist/communist. I am a very firm conservative/capitalist. Can I respect his strong spirit, his dedication, and what I perceive through watching many of his videos to be a great deal of kindness while still passionately disagreeing with his political views? Discuss.
Of course. Case in point on this forum - many people here have very different views than me, but I respect all most all of them as they are polite and are convinced in their beliefs through careful considerate thought.
Yes. I do not respect people because they agree with me. I respect people becuase they are kind, or strong, or intelligent, or determined, or honest. It's possible to be all of that and more- and still disagree with me.
Although I'll probably especially like someone if they have all these great qualities and agree with me; and if soemone disagrees and is dishonest/cruel/an idiot I'll dislike them all the more.
I try to respect everyone since all people are creations of God, and Jesus shed his blood for each of them just as much as for me.
However, my levels of respect do vary, but generally I try not to base it purely on whether or not they agree with me. Although, of course I'm more likely and willing to respect someone who holds the same beliefs as me.
But I agree with Quantum. This forum is a prime example. I have a great respect for pretty much everyone on here (that I know well enough), even though hardly anyone ever agrees with me. :P
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.".
I love this quote by Arostotle. It's so true of the kids in this forum, that we can disagree and yet still consider the other persons point of view. I think respect is connected to this. I can disagree with you but understand you and have empathy for you.
That is all XD
Totally. I can respect a person for having different views from me in the first place for holding to them with all they've got. The only thing I find I can't respect in a person, is not their beliefs, but attitudes that are negative, and you've gotta admit, we've all got them.
I can fully respect differences in beliefs (I say beliefs because a lot of it is factual and not opinion-based). What I tend not to respect is when people cling to their beliefs without good reason, or if it turns out they don't care about the truth. What I also don't respect is when they use those beliefs to justify harming others.
I'm with you on that 100%, stuntdude.