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Dignity in humans involves the earning or the expectation of personal respect or esteem. To esteem persons or things is to give them a high value. Dignity can both be seen as intrinsic or extrinsic. Intrinsic dignity is independent on actions of a person, but is always constant. Extrinsic dignity, on the other hand, is dependent on actions. Look up dignity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Shortcut: WP:WIN Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia and, as a means to that end, also an online community. ... Shortcut: WP:CU Marking articles for cleanup This page is undergoing a transition to an easier-to-maintain format. ... This Manual of Style has the simple purpose of making things easy to read by following a consistent format — it is a style guide. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dignity in humans involves the earning or the expectation of personal respect or of esteem. ...

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Intrinsic

That all people have intrinsic dignity can be motivated theistically and naturalistically/pantheistically. Intrinsic dignity is recognized either directly or by implication by various authorities including, among others, the authors of the United States Declaration of Independence. As an example, the preamble of the Declaration of Independence states "We hold these truths to be self evident...that all men...are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights..." which implies that man has sufficient worth as to be provided or furnished with something valuable such as human rights.


Theistic

When viewed as an intrinsically defined quality, any newborn already has his or her dignity, as he or she has a soul. The soul's presence is encompassing; just as one cannot have half a soul, one cannot have only half of one's dignity. The intrinsically-defined concept of dignity is therefore an infinite concept, suggesting that the highest worth that manifests in each person is their dignity, and that even an infant has dignity equal to that of an adult. Thus, dignity is not a quality of being highly valued, but is intrinsically the highest human value itself. Intrinsic is used to describe a characteristic or property of some thing or action which is specific to that thing or action, and which is wholly independent of any other object, action or consequence. ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ... Infinity is a word carrying a number of different meanings in mathematics, philosophy, theology and everyday life. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... “Value” redirects here. ...


Naturalistic and pantheistic

The word dignity comes from the Latin dignitas, from dignus, meaning "worthy" (i.e. of a certain worth or value). From a strict naturalistic standpoint, value is determined by the one doing the valuation. For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Naturalism may refer to: Naturalism (philosophy), any of several philosophical stances wherein all phenomena or hypotheses commonly labeled as supernatural, are either false, unknowable, or not inherently different from natural phenomena or hypotheses Methodological naturalism is the methodological assumption that that observable events in nature are explained only by natural... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Nevertheless, if we include naturalism into the bounds of pantheism, ulitmately everything is important and everything has inherent worth. Human life has the same inherent dignity as a porpoise or a tree, given that for naturalists, pantheists and neopagans, nature is very, very important, and the value of a tree isn't determined by its mere instrumental utility for humans. What isn't valued is destroyed, and ultimately all life is valuable, and in this view, life must be fostered. According to philosopher and humanistic psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, the love of life, biophilia, is the hallmark of emotional wellbeing. Pantheism (Greek: πάν ( pan ) = all and θεός ( theos ) = God) literally means God is All and All is God. It is the view that everything is of an all-encompassing immanent abstract God; or that the universe, or nature, and God are equivalent. ... Naturalism may refer to: Naturalism (philosophy), any of several philosophical stances wherein all phenomena or hypotheses commonly labeled as supernatural, are either false, unknowable, or not inherently different from natural phenomena or hypotheses Methodological naturalism is the methodological assumption that that observable events in nature are explained only by natural... Pantheism (Greek: πάν ( pan ) = all and θεός ( theos ) = God) literally means God is All and All is God. It is the view that everything is of an all-encompassing immanent abstract God; or that the universe, or nature, and God are equivalent. ... Neopaganism or Neo-Paganism is any of a heterogeneous group of new religious movements, particularly those influenced by ancient, primarily pre-Christian and sometimes pre-Judaic religions. ... For other uses, see Life (disambiguation). ... See also the specific life stance known as Humanism For the Renaissance liberal arts movement, see Renaissance humanism Humanism is a broad category of ethical philosophies that affirm the dignity and worth of all people, based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appeal to universal human qualities... Erich Fromm Erich Pinchas Fromm (March 23, 1900 – March 18, 1980) was an internationally renowned Jewish-German-American social psychologist, psychoanalyst, and humanistic philosopher. ... Biophilia is the love (philia) of Nature (bio). ...


Extrinsic

According to Webster's Dictionary, the word dignity means the quality of being worthy of esteem or honor; worthiness; i.e., the quality of being highly valued. 1888 advertisement for Websters Dictionary Websters Dictionary is the common title given to English language dictionaries in the United States, derived from American lexicographer Noah Webster. ... Honor (or honor) comprises the reputation, self-perception or moral identity of an individual or of a group. ...


When viewed as an extrinsically defined quality, an infant has less dignity than an adult because people are born without all their final qualities. The socio- psychological repercussions of an extrinsically defined conception of dignity arise from the beginning of life, wherein people's dignity is first subjected to a variety of judgments from others. People thus learn to perceive their dignity as a number of finite, measurable qualities -- in the same extrinsic way that others evaluate them. Moreover, people learn to judge others extrinsically as well, and they forget about the ideal (intrinsic) meaning of the word dignity. Intrinsic describes a characteristic or property of some thing or action which is essential and specific to that thing or action, and which is wholly independent of any other object, action or consequence. ... “Baby” redirects here. ... For the adult insect stage, see Imago. ... Psychology (from Greek: ψυχή, psukhē, spirit, soul; λόγος, logos, knowledge) is both an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. ... A judgment or judgement (see spelling note below), in a legal context, is synonymous with the formal decision made by a court following a lawsuit. ... In mathematics, a set is called finite if and only if there is a bijection between the set and some set of the form {1, 2, ..., n} where is a natural number. ... iDEAL is an Internet payment method in The Netherlands, based on online banking. ...


Dignity and goodness

Extrinsic dignity is relative, in the sense that a person is attributed with various worthiness by different perceivers. How much dignity a person has in the eyes of another perceiver, in turn, depends on how much goodness vs. evil he/she does to the perceiver. For the philosophical concept of goodness see Goodness and value theory. ...


Thus, a person doing a lot of good, but just as much evil still has no dignity. A pure materialistic example would be a person being a workhorse, but consuming everything him-/herself. Even the laziest idler has more dignity, if just a penny goes to charity.


Dignity and egoism

In this sense, to do goodness to another person means to increase one's own dignity, because that other person puts more value in someone who gives more than takes. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


However, taking the relative example of the person him-/herself as the perceiver, i.e. how much goodness vs. evil done to him-herself, is rather egoism (unless it is psychological egoism). Egoism may refer to any of the following: psychological egoism - the doctrine that holds that individuals are always motivated by self-interest ethical egoism - the ethical doctrine that holds that individuals ought to do what is in their self-interest rational egoism - the belief that it is rational to act... Psychological egoism is the view that humans are always motivated by rational self-interest, even in what seem to be acts of altruism. ...


Dignity and self-esteem

It is painful for a person when someone disrespects the person. Respect, however, doesn't elevate another person's value, his or her dignity, but only rises the self-esteem of the other; disrespect humiliates. When parents ask their teenagers for respect, they actually ask their children to do goodness to their parents. When relationships are already too bad, disrespect is mutual. Teenagers especially need their dignities to be highly appreciated. They crave for their parents’ respect, not in return for their respect, but for the sake of their self-esteem. If parents do not understand this fact and continue to complain, to accuse, to blame, they continue to encroach upon their children’s self-esteem. They continue doing the opposite to goodness; i.e., evil. Thus, from both sides, people dig the "tunnels of evil" (Simon Soloveychik). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A parent is a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian // Mother This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... “Young Men” redirects here. ... Italic text This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Evil (disambiguation). ... SIMON LVOVICH SOLOVEICHIK (1930-1996) Simon Lvovich Soloveichik died at the age of 66 on October 18, 1996, following a brief hospitalization for chronic health problems. ...


Instead, asking for forgiveness is the first step to begin doing goodness to other person, to increase the other person’s self-esteem. Thankfulness is another act of goodness. Admiration, care, excitement about another person, these actions are parts of love, which is the greatest goodness and which always elevates self-esteem. Forgiveness it is the mental, emotional and/or spiritual process of ceasing to feel resentment or anger against another person for a perceived offence, difference or mistake, or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution[[:Template:American Psychological Association. ... “Thanks” redirects here. ... Love is any of a number of emotions and experiences related to a sense of strong affection or profound oneness. ...


The difficulty in human relationships comes from the fact that there are two related movements: from the person to the world, and from the world to the person. If from childhood a person's self-esteem is guarded, the person forms the right image of him/herself, and of the world. There is a cliché: "I am OK, and you are OK"; however, the humiliation of human self-esteem begins in childhood and people get used to it, they acquire low self-esteem, lose their sense of value for their dignity, and learn to not value the dignity of others as well. Thus, from generation to generation as a contagious disease, human self-esteem continues to be encroached upon and requires some form of defense in order to retain value intrinsically, as goodness needs defense from evil. For other uses, see World (disambiguation). ... Etymology: Late Latin humiliatus, past participle of humiliare, from Latin humilis low. ... Childhood (song) Childhood is a broad term usually applied to the phase of development in humans between infancy and adulthood. ... Generation (From the Greek γιγνμαι), also known as procreation, is the act of producing offspring. ... This article is about the medical term. ...


Dignity and freedom

Society is free when it has free people. People are free when they have learned the truth about themselves, when they carry the truth with dignity, when they are internally free. Internal freedom is freedom from fear to be judged, to be charged a low price, freedom from doubts about dignity. For other uses, see Society (disambiguation). ... Mohandas K. Gandhi - Freedom can be achieved through inner sovereignty. ... Fear is an emotional response to impending danger, that is tied to anxiety. ... This article is about the mental state. ...


The only fear an intrinsically free man does have is fear of losing his honor. A free man is afraid to go against his conscience. When one encroaches upon another, this person receives an internal message of doing something wrong, doing evil. This message about what is good and what is evil is called conscience. However, when a person is encroached upon by another, with the same message about the perceived violation of justice that is raised in the victim's soul, feelings of indignation are raised. Indignation is caused when someone's dignity is encroached upon by another. The process of validating a person's dignity makes them feel freer, because it is the process of personality liberation. Honor (or honor) comprises the reputation, self-perception or moral identity of an individual or of a group. ... François Chifflart (1825-1901), La Conscience (daprès Victor Hugo) Conscience is an ability or faculty or sense that leads to feelings of remorse when we do things that go against our moral values, or which informs our moral judgment before performing such an action. ... This article is about the concept of justice. ... Victim was the title of a British film made in 1961, directed by Basil Deardon and starring Dirk Bogarde and Sylvia Simms. ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ... Look up Liberation in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Society knows freedom when its people know dignity.


Variations

Note, of course, that not all expressions of respect confer dignity. One can respect and/or esteem the skills of (say) criminals while despising those same criminals, disrespecting their persons and affording them no dignity at all...


See also

Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ... Indignation Defnition: An anger that is aroused by unfairness, a sense that what has occurred is unrighteous. ... Righteous indignation is an emotion one feels when one gets angry over perceived mistreatment, insult, or malice. ... Pride is the name of an emotion which refers to a strong sense of self-respect, a refusal to be humiliated as well as joy in the accomplishments of oneself or a person, group, nation or object that one identifies with. ... In psychology, self-esteem or self-worth is a persons self-image at an emotional level; circumventing reason and logic. ... A persons self image is the mental picture, generally of a kind that is quite resistant to change, that depicts not only details that are potentially available to objective investigation by others (height, weight, hair color, nature of external genitalia, I.Q. score, is this person double-jointed, etc. ... In psychology, self-esteem or self-worth is a persons self-image at an emotional level; circumventing reason and logic. ...

References

  1. Dignity, article from educational site Parenting For Everyone
  2. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Respect

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (hereafter SEP) is a free online encyclopedia of philosophy run and maintained by Stanford University. ...

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