Respect recognizes the worth and dignity of every single human person. Respect is one of the virtues that allows us to live in harmony with other people. We begin by respecting our parents, then authority figures like teachers and law enforcement officers, our bosses and our neighbors. Respect has different characteristics. It can mean admiration for a person’s qualities or abilities. It can also mean being courteous or allowing others their rights. And finally, it can mean a healthy regard for self.