My question for you today is this, do you think that respect has gone the way of the dinosaur?
My generation (the baby boomers) were the ones who declared, "Anything goes". I was never along on that ride. In my book anything DOES NOT go and this is something I tried to instill in my children.
Respect your elders. Yes, accord your elders some respect.
Respect your spouse. Oh, this is a big one. I see so many people disrespecting their spouse. They find themselves amazed when the relationship hits the rocks. The Farmer has been an awesome provider and father to his children. You gotta love a man who takes his responsibilities seriously. This earns respect.
Respect others. This is HUGE. I'm appalled at public behavior. We were taught that nice matters and I've learn in life that being nice and respectful of others will make life so much easier.
I can't remember if we were rude as teenagers. Were we? I don't think so because we had that mental loop playing where my mom would call us up short if we were misbehaving. I don't ever remember engaging in the rude behavior I witness on a daily basis. My mother would have slapped us silly.
Respect privacy. Keep some things private. Keep alot of things private. I'm totally creeped out by the habit of laying everything out there. I read a few blogs that left me picking my jaw up off the floor. One woman sliced and diced her in-laws on a daily basis and her husband too! She's making lots of advertising money airing conversations that are best left unsaid. What are her children learning? Everything and everybody are fair game.
I say no.
I say that you can be interesting and funny without disrespecting people.
Years ago there was a neighbor who brought her children into the house late in the afternoon. She'd bathe them and dress them in clean clothes, comb their hair and get them ready for when their father returned home from work. It made an impression on me. I can't say why. It was difficult for her, in her busy day, to take the time to engage in this ritual but I saw it as a sign of respect for the man who was providing for her and her children.
But we're liberated. We can take care of ourselves. We can have big careers. But what does that really mean in our relationship to others? Does respect go out the window?
Again, I say no.
UPDATE: Kitty has added another word to the list.
I'll add another: