It is hard to respect someone when that someone isn’t respectful of you. Respect isn’t a given, it’s something earned.
We’re taught by our parents to respect others, but others need to respect us also. Respect is based on a mutual understanding of people’s values and practices within the framework of our cultures.
Being informed about another person’s culture allows us to be respectful. We need to know about other people’s practices to understand why their practices and values are so important to them and why we must respect their practices, faith and beliefs.
It is particularly difficult in families and communities, where those who practice their faiths aren’t tolerate of those who don’t. Society has become diverse and we have become more divided on faith, but we must continue to show tolerance.
Tolerance allows us to ignore the values and practices of others, but allows us to live alongside them, even if we choose not to practise for ourselves. We must respect other people, their culture and beliefs.
Asking how someone is or showing you are interested is all that it would take, and if that is the case, what has respect got to do with culture?