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I can't help but believe this lack of verbal respect has deteriorated into an overall lack of respect for others, particularly those in positions of authority
I believe it is something that is eating away at the human condition, like a rampantly spreading infection.
It seems you have decided to overlook those in positions of authority and their own shaddy actions that distinquish themselves from what you would call righteous...
And yes, this is a fair generalization...
...any suggestions how to fix it, or just a complaint..?
Originally posted by WTFover
"Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men
Wow! I came across this quote on www.brainyquote.com...
I have been thinking, a lot, about the intensifying appearance of a general lack of respect between humans. I had noticed it in teens, first, and then realized it was not restricted to them. There is an abundance of it here, on ATS, which has been addressed in several threads, as of late.
I know I was flabbergasted when my son, while in elementary school, told me one of his young female teachers would not allow the students to address her as ma'am. She said it made her feel old. This was in direct conflict with how he had been raised and was confusing to him. It seems a rare occurrence to hear a young person address an elder by ma'am or sir. How often do you hear adults being introduced by their teens, to other teens, by their first names? I hear adults introducing other adults to their children by first names only. This was not acceptable, when I was growing up. My friends' parents were 'Mr. and Mrs. Jones', not Tom and Sue. Answers were given as 'yes ma'am' and 'no sir', not 'yeah' or 'uh-uh'. And you know what? It was easy, it was free and it earned us the respect of our elders. Now, it is such an uplifting compliment, when someone tells me how polite my son was toward them.
Originally posted by dizziedame
One type of disrespect that really chaps my butt is when people disrespect those less fortunate folks. When you feel you are better than the fellow down on his luck you are a very shallow person in my opinion.
[edit on 15-10-2009 by dizziedame]
yes, after 4 pages of really encouraging responses, and an INTELLIGENT debate with dizziedame, Pen shows up and posts a perfect example of how you should NOT respond to someone here if you want to be taken seriously.