Stealing Another Person's Self-Respect
In the passage which follows, Leonard Felder offers a re-framing of the Eighth Commandment around the idea of stealing another person's self-respect. Talk with a spiritual companion about your response to this reframing of the commandment. Do journaling work on your own experiences of having your self-respect damaged, violated, or stolen by another.
"Some rabbis, ministers, priests, and scholars have suggested a different interpretation of the Eighth Commandment [love thy neighbor as thyself], which says that to be rude to someone, to treat any human being in a demeaning way, or even to fail to respond to a greeting is a theft of a person's self-respect. If you ever have been on the receiving end of someone's coldness or indifference, or have ever been in a good mood until someone treated you like you didn't exist, then you have some idea what it means for someone to steal your self-worth."
— Leonard Felder in The Ten Challenges