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Discuss the role self-respect plays in an individual's  response to injustice. Thank you very much!Discuss the role self-respect plays in an individual's  response to injustice. Thank you very much!

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Actually, I think there is a direct link between self-respect and an individual's response to injustice. If someone treats you badly, you might fight back if you have self-respect, but if you don't you might just let people take advantage of you. Some people have such low sense of self-worth that they won't fight back.

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Quite simply, a person with self-respect believes that he/she deserves justice, and is much more likely to pursue it through any means available.  Throughout history, women's suffrage, the NAACP, the Black Power movement, etc. have all sought as an initial goal to convince their...

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I do not think there is any direct link between the feeling of self respect in an individual and response of that individual to injustice. A self respecting individual may feel more acutely the injustice done to him or her. But then, true justice is more centered towards others than towards self. Also the being intellectually or emotionally aware of injustice and fighting injustice are two very different things.

As a matter of fact there are enough instances when people avoid situations where they may be insulted. Many times such behavior is motivated by a feeling of self respect. But such avoidance behavior also frequently means overlooking rather than fighting injustice.

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I strongly believe that only self-respecting individuals can respond positively to the question of justice. The foundation of social justice is respect for all classes of men and women irrespective of their caste, creed, religion, gender, economic status and so on. Whenever and wherever there occurs an injustice, there must be a lack of respect on the part of the offender(s) towards the victim(s).

Only a self-respecting individual can really conceive of respect for others. Only a self-respecting individual can clamor for justice for himself/herself as for others. Self -respect breed an innate sense of justice, and inculcates righteousness. Absence / lack of self-respect loosens moral integrity devalues the importance of justice in both private/domestic and public/social spheres.

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