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How Respect works in this world

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It has been said that respect is earned, not given, and i can, more or less, understand that. But as i've said before (due to being bullied a lot), even if you don't respect someone, does that really give you the right to treat them like dirt? Even if respect isn't present, couldn't one at least show someone some consideration?


And for that matter, many of the young are expected to instantly show respect to someone older them upon first meeting them. Why? Why should we respect someone we don't even know or even worse an elder who treats us badly?


Just something to think about?

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  1. Phoenixon's Avatar
    You're right.
  2. ScarletSky's Avatar
    And for that matter, many of the young are expected to instantly show respect to someone older them upon first meeting them. Why? Why should we respect someone we don't even know or even worse an elder who treats us badly?
    I actually agree heavily with this tidbit. I never enjoyed having to address perfect strangers as "Mr/Ms/etc" just because they were adults. A teacher or the like, sure. I'd understand. But otherwise, it feels silly.
    I personally don't plan on making people address me by any sort of title when I'm older. s: I feel respect is shown through better means, and not be imposed.
  3. DarkMeow's Avatar
    And for that matter, many of the young are expected to instantly show respect to someone older them upon first meeting them. Why? Why should we respect someone we don't even know or even worse an elder who treats us badly?
    This makes sense. Why just respect someone you've never even met? You wouldn't even know if this person deserved respect at all. What if they're a big jerk? They didn't do anything to earn respect from you yet, so what's the point?
  4. Karamazov's Avatar
    That's just being polite though - to address a stranger like that is usually done because it's a pleasantry if anything.
  5. Georg.'s Avatar
    I think it is a good idea to treat others in a manner that is respectful regardless of whether they have "earned" it or not. You may not like everything about the other person, but you can at least be polite to them.
  6. DracoMan's Avatar
    I can understand calling strangers one's elders "Mr." or "Mrs." or whatever just out of politeness. But if one of my elders starts dissing me for no good reason, I'll switch to something more like "Craphead."

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