A fundamental element of respect for human dignity, this value accepts that, whatever the differences of class or culture, education, or opinion, all people are basically equal as human beings, and deserving of recognition and respect. In practical terms it means separating people from the positions they take on issues. It calls for treating individuals with kindness and gentleness, honour and dignity whatever we may think of their views. The guiding idea is that whether or not I agree with your views, indeed even if I find them offensive or absurd, I will always treat you well. Put another way it calls for us to treat others with the same deference and kindness that is usually reserved for those who have more power in relationships than we do.

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