Reverence is a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe or veneration. It is a subjective response to something seen as excellent in a moral or personally spiritual way. Religion often stimulates reverence through a perception of the supernatural. Religions tend to encourage a humbling of the self in presumption of something assumed to be greater than the self. Religions though the ages have revered and worshipped natural phenomena which are mysterious or could not be understood.
Reverence is also felt outside the realm of religion. Literature, philosophy, great philosophers, charismatic leaders, art, music, and wisdom may each inspire reverence. Wonder and awe are also descriptive terms for the subjective response to things that are profoundly beautiful in nature, such as the vastness of the universe; the perfection and symmetry of a snowflake; a newborn infant; a sunset; each flower. During a peak experience, a person may feel an indescribable unity with the universe, or with things defying expression or description.
All virtue, human rights, and unselfish, compassionate, or humanitarian acts are worthy of recognition, if not reverence.