“There are men whose self-respect seems to have died or gone on a long vacation. Revive that self-respect, and you begin the moral regeneration of the man. Religion itself never really reaches a man until it touches the secret spring of his self-respect. One of the chief causes of making confirmed criminals out of first offenders—outside of the prison associations—is that their self-respect is chloroformed, if not actually killed. They feel the prison brand, the prison taint, the prison poison, in their memories, making them feel they are no longer men, but outcasts. If the warm breath of possibilities of a new, better life can fan the faintest spark of self-respect among the gray ashes into flame, the man begins to thrill with the new glad hope and confidence that he can wipe away the old past in better living, as sunrise banishes the darkness.” ~ William George Jordan
Sacredness is the atmosphere of self-respect. It forms naturally around one who is deeply reverent for the privilege of living.
Sacredness, like life, is never destroyed. However, it is withdrawn from manifestation whenever there is not a vehicle capable of its expression. Every person on earth has the capacity for the generation and maintenance of sacredness. Moreover, the ability to generate and function within varying levels of sacredness is the core essence of our humanity.
No matter how knowledgeable our educational system renders its students, it is worth little to nothing if it does not, underneath and through it all, draw forth the self-respect inherent in each one.