In three separate dictionaries, respect is basically defined as a regard for or appreciation of the worth or value of someone or something. In my opinion, respect goes far beyond this definition. Respect is the basis of the society in which we live. Although many look at respect as simply treating another person or thing with kindness, this word has many different aspects. For instance, I would not give an elder the same type of respect that I would give my peers or myself. Respect is not considered a need in this world but, I can't imagine a person getting very far in life without this skill. Self-respect is probably the most important value for a person. It is said that in order to earn the respect of others, a person needs to learn to treat oneself with respect. I think that self-respect has a lot to do with one's self-esteem. Self-esteem is an opinion of one's own worth. For example, a girl that sleeps around will probably be called a slut or a tramp. In reality, she is coping with the stresses of a low self-esteem. Sleeping with a number of men gives her a feeling of being wanted and loved. In the long run, this will ruin her self-respect. I believe that a person's self-respect will determine the amount of respect that they give and receive from others. Having respect for one's elders is a mandatory value that is learned at home. A child watches and almost always copies the ways of his or her parents and elder siblings. If a student is disrespectful to his or her teacher, it is for sure that they disrespect their parents. I think that it is also a possibility that they receive this same disrespect from their parents. A child should be aware of the value of respect at a very young age. It is said that an abusive and abrupt parent will most likely produce an abusive and abrupt offspring. Teaching a child respect for their elders shapes the way that they will prosper and grow in all walks of life.