Today, on Facebook, I came across a photo that was basically saying how respect should be mutual and how age doesn’t automatically earn you respect. I believe that wholeheartedly, so I shared it, and of course, people older than me disagreed because they’ve “been on Earth longer than I have”. That makes absolutely no sense to me.
I believe there’s more people closer to my age (I’m 21 by the way) that I have respect for than people who are way older than me, and I’ll tell you why. One thing that automatically loses my respect is if someone talks down to me or act like I know nothing just because of my age. Another thing is people who disrespect my family. That is an automatic “Fuck You” from me! Talking down to someone is disrespectful and shouldn’t be accepted.
Let me give you a little example of what I’m trying to say. When I was in middle school, I had to deal with teachers who not only disrespected me, but had no problem humiliating me in front of the entire classroom. That experience is part of the reason I have trouble expressing myself and my own thoughts. Fast forward to when I was taking classes for my GED. The teachers there cared about our education, treated me like a person, and were respectful towards all of their students. It’s obvious which set of teachers I have more respect for.
My question is, how many people can say thy respect someone who doesn’t respect them? I wonder how many can honestly say that. It’s a very hard thing to do. And it’s completely unnecessary when you don’t even know the person.
I guess the point I’m trying to make is that of you want respect from someone, just treat them with respect. It’s not that hard. In this day and age, respect isn’t automatically rewarded to you just because you’ve lived a certain amount of years on this earth. It should be mutual.