"You reap what you sow." The wisdom of this saying is not lost in our era, especially when it comes to respecting others, yet arrogance seems rife nowadays. The implication of this message is, in the case of respect, that if you respect others, you will be respected in return.
Respecting others is rewarding in three aspects. First, from a social standpoint, it enhances mutual understanding and reduces the chance of conflicts between people with different beliefs because it urges people to think in others' shoes before criticizing their opinions thereby preventing impulsive conflicts. Moreover, it benefits the respectful person himself as well. Respecting others helps him to calm down and take a deeper insight into his own ideas, which means he is more likely to think in the big picture. Finally, we should always bear in mind that respect is earned with respect, not arrogance or threat.
When we respect others, we earn respect from others as well. There is a stimulative effect that kicks in when people stay humble and respect diversity. By respecting and harnessing each other's strengths, we boost opportunity for all people.