I was watching a loser grinding to make a mark at a party. The more he tried, the worse he did. It was drunk and ugly.
Suddenly I got it. To gain respect, you have to be respectable.
Changed my relationship with the word. Previously respectable was nose in the air, Viennese middle class, not much use.
Now respectable is a lot less formal. Able to be respected. Familiar territory. Respectable has a lot to do with listening kindly.
Exploring Respectable will be a project this year. How do you see it?