Respect – What is it and Where has it gone?

What is respect?  The dictionary defines respect as:

a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

I think society and people today have forgotten what respect is.  Most kids today do not respect their parents, men don’t respect women, women don’t respect men, and most people don’t have respect for elderly people or the military.  Basically, it seems there is a complete lack of respect in general.

 

 

I remember when I was a little kid, I had to dress up to go to church.  We would stand in church to sing hymns.  It was a show of respect.

When I was in grammar school, every morning we stood and said the Pledge of Allegiance.  It is a sign of respect for this country.

If you choose to live in this country, then you should show respect to the Flag and the United States.  And, I believe you should stand when the National Anthem is played as a show of respect for this country and the people who have fought to protect it.  It is about respect, nothing else.  Yes, I went there, but seriously, people come here because the United States is the Land of Opportunity or are born here and take advantage of these opportunities and then disrespect the Flag and the United States because they believe that is their right, no I believe that is wrong.

If a man is sitting at a table and a woman approaches, he should stand, and pull out the chair for her, that is a sign of respect, of courtesy.

When a person is wearing a baseball cap or hat it should be removed in social situations, like entering a person’s home, sitting at the dinner table, or at church.

Men opening doors for women, people in general opening doors for the elderly are a way of showing respect.

I was taught to stand and walk a visitor to the door to say goodbye and say thanks for visiting.

I was taught to say please and thank you.  I was taught to ask, not demand if I wanted something.  I learned how to say I am sorry, when I did something wrong because I was punished.  I also learned not to do that again because I did not want to get punished.

These are just a few of the things I was taught as a child about respect.  I see so many of these shows of respect lacking in today’s society.  Parents don’t discipline their kids, so they have no respect for others.  Perhaps that is why bullying is so rampant these days.  When I was young, bullying was not such an issue as it is now and teenage suicide was practically unheard of.

Many women today want equal rights and liberation, well that is fine and dandy, I agree.  However, if a man wants to open a door for me or pull out my chair, I am all for it.  Chivalry is not dead in my mind nor does it make me feel inferior to men.  It is just a sign of respect.

So the bottom line is, respect is showing admiration for someone or something.  So let’s show some respect to parents, elderly people, the Flag, the Military, and each other.

Respectfully,

Chris

 

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3 Responses to Respect – What is it and Where has it gone?

  1. Absolutely! Respect is so important to me. It makes me sad to see how many people lack even the fundamentals of Respect these days. This world could change drastically with a bit more of it.

  2. My children recently transitioned from a private school to public school. My 7th grade daughter is appalled at the lack of respect shown to her teachers. That bothers her more than the language she is now hearing and the other kids indifference to their school work. My kids say please, thank you, yes ma’am and yes sir. I will raise them this way because that is how I was raised and I pray that they do the same when they have children of their own. Nicely written 🙂

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