I believe everything has to be earned, respect, trust, love etc. So I don't understand the whole 'respect your parents and elders' thing. Should they not have to earn it first? why do they just get respect from us immediately without earning it
RebelFighter RebelFighter
16-17, F
2 Responses Aug 22, 2015

Well, you have a baby push out of your vagina and you'll definitely want her to respect the pain you took for her.

The way I see it is like this: Our elders and our parents have been around, living life, for a decent while longer than we ourselves. If nothing else, we should respect the fact that they potentially know this world better. It's not so much aimlessly respecting someone as much as it is respecting the fact that they've lived and they probably know. On the other end of things, our parents raised us, and they have gone this far to keep us going. I feel that deserves at least some respect.

thats subjective don't you think? what if they actually don't? yes should they have raised us they 'deserve' at least some respect but what if along the way they lost it? it's like how you could lose respect for a normal person. why should parents or elders be any different? time doesn't measure wisdom or the amount of things they know about this world in my opinion

Ahh, this is breaching a different point now. There is a difference between a person who has lived longer, and a person who has done so, yet disgraced themselves. It also depends on whether or not a person has learned from life. However, from what I'm gathering, the question may be "Why give them the credit at all," which begins to lead into morality and personal views. The way I see it, that kind of question can be compared to a court system, and the phrase "innocent until proven guilty" comes to mind. Should we allow the people the best chance of proving themselves, assume from the start that they never did the crime, or just believe that everyone is a despicable criminal? I find the negative thinking to be too destructive, and thus prefer to at least give them a chance. I also have a bit of a different way of viewing the word "respect", where it has two definitions. One is synonymous with admiration, which I couldn't really ever do for a complete stranger. The other is more in line with respecting a person's opinions, input, and values. Giving them thought when they're given, and not disrespecting them. As I said before, it really begins to come down to how each person views the matter at this point, as it begins to go more into morality than a simple question. And with that, I apologise for the immense comment. This application automatically guts paragraphs.