I know I am jumping into the middle of the conversation, forgive me. I agree with most of what you say but I take exception to even the counter-notion here: "Culture is more than nationality, and respect is more than a generalized sense of supremacy wherein people viewed as inferior 'respect', or belittle themselves for the benefit of those who view themselves as better than them." No where in my realm of thinking does such an idea surface. Where is the world does the thought (or counter) of respect enter such an extreme idea? Way, way out in left field. Never is respect belittling. IMHO.