WHAT DO YOU BASE YOUR PERSONAL OPINION ON?
Hmmm, you make a good point RJ but I was making a semantic observation not a conceptual one. There, that's that nit-picked. Now if you have any hairs that need splitting or gnat's that need straining . . . .
It is certainly Pro-Survival to desire the respect of one's social group.
The manner in which one achieves esteem and valuation is surely the point here, however.
Basing our world view on second-hand information entirely can be risky if you happen to be in a group, tribe, village or society which clings to myth, fantasy or rumor.
But, such a society would not long last.
Look at the contrast between society's today.
Those that have a large measure of science and technology at the grass roots level of education have a more advanced, healthier and forward looking experience. The society's which are steeped mostly in religion and tradition are the Third World countries.
Not by accident!
Finding a balance is key.
Among our peers there is a kind of rough justice at work. If somebody is full of crap they will think and act that way and the consensus will reflect it.
Demanding respect when you are full of crap is self-defeating.
If you cannot reason well and your opinions and actions are illogical; ask yourself How does it help to have people approve of you?