Week 24: Honoring

Eliciting the Best

Act So As to Elicit the Best In Others, and Thereby In Thy Self. [Felix Adler, An Ethical Philosophy of Life (D. Appleton and Company, 1918), Chapter VII.] Felix Adler, founder of Ethical Culture, identified eliciting the best in others as the Supreme Ethical Rule. It is a variation on
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Reward

Though Pavlovian reward and punishment is not a humanistic model for treatment of humans, people do like being rewarded for accomplishments and generally exhibit a favorable response. The concern is that we do not wish to treat people in an undignified manner. Still, we are animals, and we do respond
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Consideration

We can consider anything, from whether change careers to what color socks to wear, but when the word “consideration” is used alone, it usually refers to how we treat another person or other people. Showing consideration, or being considerate, means acting in a way that is mindful and respectful of
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Admiring

Years ago I had a client in my law practice whose eighty-year-old father was watching me try a case on behalf of his grandson. During a recess, the gentleman came over to me, raised his index finger for emphasis and said “I admire you.” He made a point of emphasizing
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Honoring Uniqueness

You may think that someone does not have anything to offer. If you look closely, you will see that virtually everyone does. The simplest person can make a contribution though an observation or a quality that no one else knows or thinks to express. For example, sometimes the person whose
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Honoring Value

We honor a person’s value by commemorating their accomplishments and observing their special quality or character. Small though the honor may be, the artists, scholars, leaders and others whose contributions are offered as exemplary models on this site are being honored in their value.
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Honoring Worth

When we honor another person’s worth, we do not merely respect their personhood; we cherish and celebrate it.
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