Random Poll Pt. 3


Yet another Random Poll Day!

And come on the other five of you, don’t just let Anotheca do all the answering. Chime in. And this is a two part question.

What does “dignity” mean to you personally ? Is it possible to regain it once it’s been lost?



2 responses to this post.

  1. Well, I thought I’d hold off for a while, but this is getting silly.

    At the risk of being an insufferable know-it-all; dignity is from the Latin dignus, which is usually translated as “worthy of” An example would be “dignus amicitia” or “worthy of friendship”.

    Since I took some latin, I use the word dignity to mean conduct and speech that indicates self-respect and respect for others and the situation. It is behavior that makes you worthy of respect in the context of your situation or social group. So acting dignified does not indicate aloofness, but behavior that is beyond reproach.

    I think that once a person has lost their dignity in a situation, regaining it depends on how bad the situation is. If you’ve made a small social gaffe, it can be as simple as regaining your equilibrium and apologizing nicely, but if you’ve done something more serious (like, say, soliciting sex in a public bathroom) you may not have much dignity left to recover, and should probably withdraw from that situation with as much grace as you can muster. A key part of regaining one’s dignity involves coming to terms with your own actions, and being honest about your mistakes with others and yourself.

  2. Posted by dogwoman on Tuesday September 25 2007 at 3:44 pm

    And the key word here might be grace. It’s very rare that one can recover without a sense of delicacy.Otherwise you end up in attempting to recover looking even worse.

    Thank you again Anotheca. You fairly rock!

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