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What Happened To That Thing Called Respect?

Updated on October 7, 2011

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

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.

Respect Quotes

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 Bible

The Holy Word teaches us to respect people too. One scripture comes to mind very much:

Matthew 7:12

"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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    • Hillbilly Zen profile image

      Hillbilly Zen 

      7 years ago from Kentucky

      Excellent hub, Froggster. I'm brand spankin' new here and still not too savvy about how to navigate. One of the first hubs I read was your "Froggy Goes To Heaven". I was going to comment before I realized that it was about 3 years old. So I started looking for your more recent hubs, and they've all been thought-provoking, funny and often poignant. Keep the faith, and keep up the good work, dude.

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      Betty Ruiz 

      7 years ago from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

      I agree with you, totally, Greg. There's no respect for anyone or anything anymore!!! But I don't think respect is the only thing missing in today's society. Having no respect for others as well as self respect comes from the lack of tolerance. Having little or no respect toward others is the way short-tempered people deal with their incapacity to accept differences in others. For them, verbal and physical violence is their easiest way of expressing inconformity with themselves, with others, and with how they see the world around them. To fight against this emotional state is way too hard for them to understand and learn to cope and control their emotional outbursts. They rather surrender to violence as means of funneling their stresses. On doing so, they are wrongfully attacked by others (police, law enforcers, fed up neighbors, angry bystanders, more-than-willing brawlers, trigger-happy thugs, etc...), using the same violent methods. Thus, an unending cycle wraps us all in the same turmoil of intolerance and unethical disrespect. One can have differences, by all means, the world would be boring if there were none... but, hey, we should all learn to accept, allow, cede, give, share, respect and tolerate... because this world is for all of us: humankind... as intended by the Lord.

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      7 years ago

      I voted this up and interesting. I am totally in agreement...I raised my kids to respect others and I pray they always do. Thank you for the reminder!

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      7 years ago from Canada

      It really starts in the home, with our neighbors, and then with the larger community, including teachers. It takes a village to raise a child, and if we loose sight of that, and all the complexities of human relationships that are entailed in that, we will not effectively teach our children the values we wish them to learn.

      Children learn what they see and experience, and behave in ways we encourage/allow them to behave. There really are no easy answers.

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      Beata Stasak 

      7 years ago from Western Australia

      Great hub, but I would like to add that it is not easy for teachers to teach respect as teaching is not respected in wide community any more...if we don't give respect we will not get it back...

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      7 years ago from New Jersey

      Good hub. I believe parents and teachers need to teach more respect.

    • Da Filkman profile image

      Da Filkman 

      7 years ago

      I respectfully respond to this fine hub by saying, first of all, that I am of the school that believes the concept of "respect" is somewhat of an art form, taught to us by the parents, guardians, etc who raised us. Failing that, individuals are STILL responsible to acquire it via God's help and any secular vehicles available to compliment that.

      The next time you are tempted to "Rodney Dangerfield" somebody, bite your tongue and imagine how YOU would feel, were that said to yourself. Peace.

      P.S. Greg, there was a third casualty in the car along with "Common Sense" and "Mutual Respect"

      ...some work-ethic-believing dude named "Manuel Labor"...


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