Respect Meme: 5 Simple Questions
Other bloggers who took a stab at it are Ian and Not Mercury, so go check 'em out.
1 What is respect for others?
Respect for others is:
A) The avoidance of questioning of motive and the avoidance personal attacks.
B) Trying to attack the most charitable interpretation of another’s argument as possible.
2 What are things that appear to respect issues, but are not?
The big thing here is the argument. Some people can not separate the argument from their personhood. Mocking an argument and or dissecting it is not the same as disrespect for a person.
3 Is this relevant to the autism discussion and why?
Yes, very relevant. The respect issue has had a profound effect on the autism world. The bitterly felt implication that parenting caused autism helped guide us away from a “learning” based etiology of autism and towards a biologic/genetic view. It is also what partially colors the modern question of whether autism is caused by vaccines and whether medical officials know this.
4. What can we do to help resolve these issues?
Try to accurately and charitably define others positions and arguments. Also, the recognition that emotional investment/depth doesn’t equal a good or valid argument.
5. How well do you think this will be accomplished?
Very poorly indeed. I think that, people will continue to look for ill-motivation in others or accuse others of being liars, or naïve, when they offer opposing arguments.