“Self-respect has red blood; it has no fear. It makes the individual respect the rights of others fully, freely, firmly, and demand that his own be equally respected. He realizes that self-respect is a double justice, to himself and to others… Retaliation and revenge are so far beneath him that he would not soil his mind by even thinking of them. He makes his protest in the right way, at the right time, for the right—and that ends it. He does not deal in fancied wrongs; he is not suspicious; he does not go round with an overheated dignity which may take cold at any moment. He is sensitive; but this means only finer justice for others, keener perception for himself.” ~ William George Jordan
Self-respect leads to a simplicity in living. With it comes clearer vision and the ability to look upon the hearts of others. It is the internal refiner’s fire which burns away all that is inconsistent with the truth of the individual.
Our justice system is bloated for lack of self-respect in our citizens. Frivolous litigation, abuse of process, malicious prosecution, vexatious litigation and more clog our courtrooms, while vigilante justice, passive aggressive attacks and other treachery stain the pews and boardrooms across the land. Where self-respect rules, however, justice is assured.
Self-respect is a double-justice, it holds inviolate the rights and honor of both sides of any equation.