there are four “r”s of the ten commandments: respect, respect, respect and respect. respect for a higher moral authority, respect for oneself, respect for others, and respect for animals. yes. respect for animals.
the ten commandments is located in the torah at exodus 20: 2-17 and deuteronomy 5: 6-17. exodus 20: 10 states “but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord, your God; you shall perform no labor, neither you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, your beast, nor your stranger who is in your cities.” [emphasis added] deuteronomy 5: 14 states “but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall perform no labor, neither you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, your ox, your donkey, any of your livestock, nor the stranger who is within your cities, in order that your manservant and your maidservant may rest like you.” yes. the ten commandments expresses concern of how we address all living beings.
the ten commandments is an instrument to both channel and direct “respect.” for those who wish to improve our society, the beginning is to find “respect” and the ability to “respect” within yourself. merriam webster defines the verb “respect” as “to consider worthy of high regard,” “to refrain from interfering with,” and “to have reference to : CONCERN.”
the ten commandments and “respect” go hand in hand. the ten commandments can help would develop and refine one’s ability to respect. further, respect can make the ten commandments more vibrant.