Do you find it hard to respect someone when that someone isn’t respectful of you? Respect is not a given, it’s something earned.
We’re taught as children to respect others, but others need to respect us too. It must work both ways. Respect is based on a mutual understanding of people’s values and practices within the framework of our cultures.
Being properly informed about another person’s culture allows us to be respectful. We need to know enough about other people’s practices to understand why those practices and values are so important and why we must respect their practices, faith and beliefs.
It is particularly difficult in families and communities because those who practise their faith and beliefs aren’t always tolerant 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 still live alongside them, even if we choose not to believe and practise ourselves. My own thought is that we should respect other people regardless of culture and beliefs.
Asking how someone is, or showing you’re interested is all that it would take. If that is the case, what has respect got to do with culture?