The majority of human behavior occurs within relationships. Unless you have chosen a cloistered life you spend time in a variety of relationships. Your connections with others span a wide range of emotions from acquaintances, friendships, and family, to intimate alliances where there is one common element that bridges all of these associations. Respect is the primary ingredient into effective and productive lives. Disrespect is the greatest cause of conflict and discord.
“You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together.” – Buddha
“To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” – Anonymous
Here is the secret and the trick, respecting all created reality, with the ability to honor each ones uniqueness and celebrate their diversity without compromising yourself. Achieving this balance builds the harmony necessary to achieve the highest levels of relationships.