Originally posted by VaporTrail
I'm wondering where you pulled the referances from, kinda close to home.
I took it 'easy.'
I have always been intrigued with the term respect
. References- from life.
The term (not a mere word) is used in so many ways. A person can be respected for something and yet be hated and vilified as well. I respected my
father, feared him and sometimes even hated him. Later, the respect vanished in a moment- I no longer hated him nor feared him. I felt sorrow for
myself and him.
Myself, because one of my ghauds died. Him, because he was lain bare and his accomplishments that had appeared so very wonderful were aired for the
world to see as his machinations were exposed. This is a betrayal of ideals. Many times during a divorce situation 'betrayal' as the more cutting
knife wounds deeper than the bludgeon of change.
This is one reason traitors receive such harsh treatment during their lives and in history. An enemy is one thing, a betrayer is something entirely
Let us introduce fear into this and make it a mix. Fear of discovery many times prevents actions. This can be measured and to a great extent
ameliorated. Fear of betrayal always causes needless actions. This is impossible to measure, the actions taken to minimize it are suspect in and of
Fear can paralyze.
My favorite story in history on a large scale dealing with fear (and respect as I will show) was the Mongol invasion(s) of Eastern Europe. The
Mongols sent messengers ahead to measure the effects of their propaganda. Propaganda is the parent of much fear and often times respect. Propaganda
may be based upon truth or entirely false, it doesn't matter. What matters is the effect.
The Mongols massacred village after village, being careful to leave survivors enough room to escape. Many times mass executions were carried out and
a few prisoners 'allowed' to escape.
The Mongols also had one physical weapon in more supply than the Europeans and it happened to be technologically advanced enough that even though the
Europeans were aware of it they failed to grasp its attributes, that was the compound bow. With this weapon Mongol groups (hordes) could fire from a
distance harassing and killing with a great degree of impunity.
With these two weapons most Europeans exaggerated the Mongol abilities and therefore ascribed a 'respect' to Mongol military prowess that was by and
large based on deception through propaganda. Entire regions would flee based upon nothing more than rumor that the Mongols were approaching.
Anyway, this same type of respect is one often overlooked or called other things, yet it is just as much a part of the term RESPECT as any other. One
can have respectful avoidance (mad Mike Tyson for example) not really based on fear but perhaps in the avoidance of f-e-a-r
Avoiding a dark alley,
or chancing fear such as walking alone through say- Central Park (NYC) at night.
I remember as a kid 'the graveyard.' I am serious when I say your pants would be wet even trying to run through it. (propaganda) We had respect
for the place based upon rumor and our own fears. There was this one kid (isn't there always) that would run through it and brag. He had
Being a jealous little twerp I connived to 'test' him. I strung a few thin ropes across the known paths and tied a couple tin cans on each the
afternoon of the next 'dare.' That night, when he came out of the graveyard he was sniffing and his pants were wet. I was rolling I was laughing
so hard. The beating was worth it. He never forgave me.