On Self-Respect

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The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life, is the source from which self-respect springs.
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Zhuangzi, The Butterfly as Companion

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Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was myself. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.