Inspecting the word “respect”
It may be fun and interesting to consider how the word “respect” is formed. The “spect” part means “seeing,” as in the word “inspect” or “spectacles.” And the “re” part means “again,” as in the words “recalculate” or “relocate.” So, putting the two parts together would result in re-spect, or “see it again,” or “see it anew.”
And that is where the word gets interesting. Because sometimes we may see someone or something, and we don’t see anything positive about them. But the word respect reminds us to “see it again,” from a more positive point of view.
Respect is Positively Contagious
When someone does a random good deed for us, we are probably disposed to do the same for others: we let them pull into our traffic lane, or we speak kindly to someone.
The DRI probably works this way as well. Seeing or hearing about our respectful Davie youth can inspire each of us to do the same for others; and those in turn, pass it on, or pay it forward. Who knows, an entire ripple effect might be in the making, right under our noses.
We may have seen videos, like these, in which this ripple effect is shown. Enjoy!
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