Thought for the Day: France’s State of Emergency

During France’s State of Emergency, there has been a war of words ‘dignity’ and ‘respect’ versus ‘hoodlums’ and ‘scum’. Are dignity and respect qualities that a society can guarantee? Or aren’t dignity and respect qualities that need to be earned that positive actions?

I wonder if the definitions of dignity and respect have changed in the past years, particularly the definition of respect on the streets as opposed to mainstream society. Can a society survive as an entity if there is not a unanimous agreement on the definition of dignity and respect?