But Chaplin was more than just a clown. His words were thoughtful and genuine and worth listening to. He used the medium of film to speak about important human topics.
Sometimes it’s difficult to explain what self-esteem means because the word “esteem” is rarely used as a daily word. Esteem has the same con-notion as respect. So self-esteem is the same as self-respect.
Self-respect means that you believe in your own integrity, in your own worth and dignity. The same definition you can give to self-esteem. Esteem means nothing else than integrity, worth and dignity.
Self-esteem or self-respect means knowing that you are equal to every other being on the planet. You are unique as a very valuable personality. You can’t compare yourself to anybody else. There is no other person like you.
Human dignity means that human beings are in a state of being worthy of honor or respect.
We can exchange the words honor and respect with esteem. People are worthy of esteem. Human dignity and esteem are two expressions of the same human condition.
Human dignity is another word for intrinsic worthiness. That means people deserve respect regardless of age, abilities or social status.
When we give esteem toward others we give it free. Esteem is deserved not because of a specific reason but because we are human beings.
Human dignity and esteem are closely connected to each other.