2019-20: February Character Dare: Respect

Cassidy Wong


Cassidy Wong 2/4/2020

As Annie Gotlieb once said, “Respect appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways he or she is unique.” This month’s Character Dare is respect. Respect is deep admiration and the regard of someone’s wishes and feelings due to their abilities, qualities, and achievements.

Confucius asked, “Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?” Communities and leadership are based on respect. Without respect, no one would become a leader, except out of fear. And respect out of fear is not real respect. Without respect, a leader could not tell someone to do a task and expect them to do it thoroughly. Jane Addams said, “Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.”

Respect could look like someone listening to what another person is saying and not immediately saying that it’s bad if they don’t like it, instead, trying to find what is good about it, and if they’re not able to find good, then maybe they suggest good. It could be not bragging about something. It could even be something as simple as being polite and thanking the lunch ladies or janitors or letting someone go in a door in front of you.

What can you do to be respectful this month? Staff hand out Cougar Cash if they see you doing the Dare. But remember, it’s not about the Cougar Cash, it’s about doing good in the world.