Self-respect is essential to every human being. When a person is born, throughout his life he develops a certain degree of self-respect for himself. No one can teach him self-respect. Self-respect comes from within a person. He has to learn it for himself. Alfred Whitney Griswold put it best when he said,
“Self respect can not be hunted. It can not be purchased. It is not for sale. It can never be fabricated out of public relations. It comes to us when we are alone, in quiet moments, in quiet places, when we suddenly realize that, knowing the good, we have done it; knowing the beautiful, we have served it; knowing the truth, we have spoken it.” (Anand and Kulbir)
If a person does not have any self-respect they can not make any decisions for themselves. They will people pushed into situations they either do or don’t want to do. People will also take advantage of them and eventually that person will end up being cheated. In life a person needs to develop a sense of self-respect for themselves in order to make decisions for themselves and be able to survive in this world.
To start lets define what exactly self-respect is. According to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary the meaning of self-respect is “regar
Even if the decisions consist of doing something unethically, just as long as it keeps the crowds happy. Plato thought a person should never give in unless he heard all the different viewpoints and opinions. He believed that if a prince did something like this his people would love him and he would be able to stay in power. This is a good example of how a person who does not have a strong sense of self-respect would react. New Jersey: Englewood Cliffs, 1994. They become so paranoid about sharing their own feelings that they retroactively bottle all feelings up inside them self. For instance when a person keeps putting himself down and always thinks he cannot do something he develops a lower sense of self-respect. It may take a strong sense of self-respect to make the right decisions in life but down the line in life you will feel better about yourself if you always make the decisions you feel are right. " (Orwell 66)Here it is clearly stated in the end that the police officer is more concerned with what the Burman people would think of him than, rather than following through with his original plans. People should be true to themselves and never have to put on an act for someone. He will start believing what he thinks is true even though it is not and often at sometimes hate himself and the world around him. Then that person will develop a low self of respect for himself.