Quote: Originally Posted by critter171
Ok the saying goes "respect your older elders.
I have a problem with this saying. Why should i give someone respect for free when you are suppose to earn it? why does it matter on your age? what have you done?
I am not saying i don't respect elders, i just want them to show respect first before i give them respect. i am also told to that you earn respect you don't get it.
so why should it be any different?
I never believed in that saying, as I've come across a number of as*hole, crabby, old farts who were out right disrespectful without any provocation except the excuse that they're old farts and it's their right to be jackasses.
Respect is earned, not given, and for me, this applies to everyone, no matter their age.
That's one thing I can't stand..... when I'm being polite and friendly, but this old coot starts crabbing at me about something, insulting me, basically making me out to be the stupidest c*nt on the planet, so I tell them what I think of them...... then suddenly they're all a'gasp and shocked that I'd even say something like I did, then they come back at me "Didn't your parents tell you to respect your elders?"
I usually reply "Respect is Earned, not Given, and you're not an elder, you're a grumpy old bastard with no friends."
Just because someone is old, that doesn't mean they still can't be p*icks..... nor does that mean I can't treat them as such if they treat me like crap. My generation is running the show now and we're too busy cleaning up after their damn mess, so a bit of appreciation and respect will earn appreciation and respect back.
Don't get me wrong, I am very respectable to the elderly, will help them if they need it, and I'm quite friendly to anybody I come across..... if a senior wishes to talk or tell me something, I'll listen perfectly fine...... but the moment someone's an *******, look out. I respect elderly just as I respect anybody else.... everybody is treated equally and on level the moment I see them.... their following actions and attitudes are what determine how I will treat them from then on.
Last edited by Praxius; Sep 9th, 2010 at 10:36 AM..