What Happened To That Thing Called Respect?
Awhile back I read a piece about the funeral of common sense. I believe he died in a car wreck or something like that. I am thinking that mutual respect may have been in that car too. They probably just didn't find his body.
Agnes, an 81 year old woman was crossing at the stoplight. I was sitting in the parking lot when I saw her. She was almost all the way across and the light was changing. A Ford Bronco pulled within 1 foot of her and started honking aggressively; as I ran yelling at the driver of the bronco, Agnes had made it across and the vehicle sped off with the passenger flipping me a middle finger. I checked on Agnes and she had tears in her eyes. She smiled at me and said "at least there is someone who still respects their elders." I wept a couple tears too as I crossed the road back to my car.
Joe, the pastor of the biggest Baptist church in town, was driving in town last Saturday night around 8pm he told me. He was listening to Chuck Swindoll's sermon on marriage on the radio. He told me how a car load of kids pulled up next to him with a stereo blasting that made Joe's windows rattle in his car. Joe, with a smile, motioned for the kids to turn it down. The driver turned it down for 1 second as all the kids yelled a derogatory term and proceeded to turn the radio up louder. Joe told me that respect was gone in today's youth.
Eileen comes home after a long day. She is so tired after working 2 jobs. She goes to her apartment and all she hears is the next door neighbors fighting. They are screaming at each other. Eileen cannot take it anymore; it seems like an every day occurrence. She dials the police and explains her problem. The voice on the other end tells her that they have worse problems to deal with and that Eileen should just talk to them herself. She proceeds to do just that. The police did come see Eileen at the hospital where she was getting treated for a fractured jaw.
Robert had to get a saw-blade at the Home Depot. The parking lot was full. As Robert watched for someone leaving he saw a couple getting in their car. He turned on his blinker to take the spot as they backed out. Just then a large diesel pickup just raced into the spot. The man that got out of the truck looked at Robert and laughed. Robert just shook his head and wondered what happened to respect.
What happened in this world that suddenly no one respects the next person? Yea, there are some, but for the most part people just don't respect other people.
Is it their up-bringing? The people they are around?
I don't really know that answer, but I believe that people that don't respect other people really do not respect themselves.
I am a firm believer in "what comes around, goes around". If you want respect, you need to give respect.
How about trying something a little different? Show respect to people you meet; you may not get it back, but in the long run you will.
“I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”- Jackie Robinson
When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet in his private heart no man much respects himself. -Mark Twain
If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. -Abraham Lincoln
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts? -Confucius
The Holy Word teaches us to respect people too. One scripture comes to mind very much:
"Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Those are words straight from the mouth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It's called respect.
Let's all show a little more respect; it'll make for a better world!
© G.L. Boudonck
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