(Working on that...) Dignity should not mean being a snob.
To me, it's more about the choices Dignity is a concept that focuses on the worth, nobility, and importance of the individual.
Dignity also means that you make the right choices regardless of the difficulty, and your actions then reflect a positive attitude with regard to whatever outcome to which those choices bring you. Stateliness and formality in manner and appearance. The respect and honor associated with an important position.
Dignity means one rises above the flotsam and jetsam of life's turmoils and turn these circumstances into something positive. “Even if you think you’ve got low self-esteem, knowing you have dignity will help you feel peaceful and hopeful about yourself.” Ch.28 The Truth “People may not be honest or have integrity, but every human being has dignity.” Ch.29 Integrity “Dignity is not just a quality or virtue; dignity is innate in a man’s nature.
In this case, then, dignity comes from the choices you make for yourself, in terms of how you choose to handle yourself on a daily basis.
We try not to embarrass ourselves, but dignity is more than that.
For me, dignity is something that a person has within him or herself.
People cannot give you dignity (though they can treat you as if you have it). It does not mean that you do whatever you want or that you act in selfish ways.
I cannot abide listening to people criticize or make fun of people who are less fortunate, whether it refers to living in poverty, being homeless, being on drugs, having abortions, being overweight, etc. In this case, it's in allowing others to have a sense of dignity as well.
And, as Atticus Finch says, until I can spend some time in someone else's skin, how can I judge them? I just can't wrap my brain around those kinds of people: I sense the tragedy involved but cannot put myself in those shoes.