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What I'm trying to convey is the desire not to do harm to another person because you value not harming people.

"Respect" is almost there but it carries the additional meaning of respect for authority and sort of implies an unbalanced relationship.

"Empathy" also captures something of this but empathy seems more about emotions that are shared rather then behavior.

"Concern" also feels wrong as it seems to be too fleeting.

If I was to use it in a sentence it would be something like "The moral of the story is that a relationship without XXXX results in tragedy no matter how much the people involved love each other".

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    Benevolence, perhaps? – Mick Dec 1 '16 at 23:33
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    To me, this sounds like sheer kindness. Graciousness or magnanimity might also be worth considering. – m.a.a. Dec 1 '16 at 23:45
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    Tenderness or compassion maybe? – JonLarby Dec 2 '16 at 0:12
  • What about solicitude? – user171176 Dec 2 '16 at 0:14
  • @m.a.a. I think kindness captures the idea I'm going for best. Can you write it as an answer to I can select it. The other suggestions where all good as well. – Q the Platypus Dec 2 '16 at 0:30
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To me, this sounds like sheer kindness, i.e. the quality of being kind.

kind

  • generous, helpful, and thinking about other people's feelings not causing harm or damage

from Cambridge Dictionary


kind

  1. having a friendly or generous nature or attitude
  2. helpful to others or to another ⇒ a kind deed
  3. considerate or humane
  4. cordial; courteous (esp in the phrase kind regards)
  5. pleasant; agreeable; mild ⇒ a kind climate
  6. informal beneficial or not harmful ⇒ a detergent that is kind to the hands
  7. archaic loving

from Collins

Graciousness or magnanimity might also be worth considering.

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I believe understanding works here.

"The moral of the story is that a relationship without understanding results in tragedy no matter how much the people involved love each other"

ODO:

understanding NOUN
2 Sympathetic awareness or tolerance:

‘he wrote with understanding and affection of the people of Dent’
‘Tolerance and understanding develops between Ruth and other members of the household.’

M-W:

understanding noun
3 a : friendly or harmonious relationship

a relationship based on mutual understanding

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humanism

(Collins Dictionary)

  1. interest in the welfare of people

"The moral of the story is that a relationship without humanism results in tragedy no matter how much the people involved love each other".

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    I'm a little skeptical. I think that a person can be a humanist, but I'm not sure whether they can have humanism. – ktm5124 Dec 2 '16 at 4:46
  • @ktm5124 - It works fine. Try looking up "her humanism" in Google Books. Also note that it's the relationship's humanism, not the individual person's. – aparente001 Dec 2 '16 at 5:00
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I think goodwill would work.

a feeling of benevolence, approval, and kindly interest

If we were to use it in your sentence,

The moral of the story is that a relationship without goodwill results in tragedy no matter how much the people involved love each other.

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Although almost all of the suggested words seem appropriate, however, in case they fail to meet your needs, then you could try “politeness” or “courtesy”.

Polite (Cambridge Online Dictionary)

behaving in a way that is socially correct and shows understanding of and care for other people's feelings.

Courtesy (Cambridge Online Dictionary)

polite behaviour, or a polite action or remark

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