Respect for your elders is an important part of society amongst human populations and it makes a lot of sense if you stop and think about it. Of course if someone goes thru life and achieves very little, makes no significant contributions or does nothing more than take up space, use up supplies and create waste then we must ponder how much respect is truly due.
You see, respect should not be expected and we must beware of the one who demands it. Often folks who have been disrespected demand respect or threaten revenge. Is that really the proper attitude to have as one ages? There should be a little more use of diplomacy, statesmanship and gentleman behavior given to the younger generation.
Indeed, I respect my elders for as much respect that is deserved and do not automatically allow them to take the position of authority just because of age. If they have achieved in life and have wisdom to depart and live an honorable life, then I am very interested in what they have to say. But if they demand respect and yet have disrespected me or those around them as they progressed on their journey through life then, I ask, is respect to be automatically granted?
There is a bit of arrogance which comes with age or position and many older folks position themselves and use their age as tool to promote themselves to get others to see their point of view, convince them of something or get them to follow. Fair enough, as everyone seems to use the tools they have to promote themselves or their agenda, however, if there is nothing there but fluff, arrogance and unearned ego - well do not expect me to get in line. I stand tall and say Dear Sir, Show Me!
L. Winslow is an Economic Advisor to the Online Think Tank, a Futurist and retired entrepreneur. Currently he is planning a bicycle ride across the US to raise money for charity and is sponsored by http://www.Calling-Plans.com and all the proceeds will go to various charities who sign up.