This was on my mind today. Something I come back to because I was told by someone close to me many years ago that he demanded respect and I told him that respect was supposed to be earned that it wasn’t something we’re entitled to have just because we demand it.
That just because someone is older than we are, doesn’t mean they automatically deserve to have our respect. Doesn’t respect depend on the relationship and what the other person brings to the relationship? Doesn’t it also depend on the circumstances and whether that person deserves to have our respect?
Respect should be a two-way street, but it’s sometimes a privilege that is abused and something that someone takes for granted thinking they’ll always have and others are still expected to fall into line and hand out their respect.