Respect

To the rich man’s regret, respect cannot be bought. He can wield power, which inspires fear laced with enmity. But he cannot purchase that which can only be earned.

The line is fine between respect and appreciation. Without the latter, the former seldom exists.

Like unrequited love, a lack of respect leaves hollowness inside those who crave it. The yearning grows more painful the more one misses it.

Respect can be asked for, but it cannot be taken. Respect can be given, but it cannot be manufactured.

Respect exists and is offered freely, or it is a charade.

When respect is exchanged mutually, beauty occurs.

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