Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Empathy, Dignity, Compassion, Respect, Love and Deference

There is a special language for the way people behave toward each other. Once you learn the words you can call-out people who misbehave.

The definitions below are Google search results.

  • Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
  • Dignity: The state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.
  • Fairness: impartial and just treatment or behavior without favoritism or discrimination.
  • Compassion: Sympathetic pity and concern for the suffering and misfortunes of others.
  • Respect: A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
  • Love: An intense feeling of deep affection.
  • Deference: Humble submission and respect.
  • Obedience: Compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another's authority.
  • Kowtow: Act in an excessively subservient manner.
  • Genuflect: Lower one's body briefly by bending one knee to the ground, typically in worship or as a sign of respect.
  • Prostrate: Lay oneself flat on the ground face downward, especially in reverence or submission.
  • Fawning: Displaying exaggerated flattery or affection.
  • Obsequious: Obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree.
  • Flattery: Excessive and insincere praise, especially that given to further one's own interests.
  • Sycophant: A person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage.
    • "He was a sycophant" is like saying "he was a scheming, fawning flatterer."
  • Magnanimous: Very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself.
  • Passive Aggressive: 
  • Insincere: Not expressing genuine feelings.
  • Disingenuous: Not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.
  • Hypocrisy (Hypocrite): the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.
    • Christians praying in public while ignoring the Bible passage Matthew 6:1-2
    • Christians being against abortion while ignoring the Bible passage Leviticus 27:6 where God puts no value on life earlier than one month after birth. At the time, not many were expected to live that long anyway.
  • Deceitful: Guilty of or involving deceit; deceiving or misleading others.
I was waiting for a phone call which never came so I decided to just sit here and piddle about. I hope these words come in handy.

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