The Strange Nature of Respect

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June 18, 2013 by Zerub Roberts

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I never understood this particular aspect of Human society – where a person, by the mere virtue of his age, is supposed to be an object of our respect. Why should “worthy of respect-ness” be proportional to someone’s age? Why not Height? or Weight? or Brain size?!

If you are gonna say Age is a good factor for predicting Intelligence or Wisdom, I still have few questions – 1. Why is Wisdom the key for determining how much respect you deserve? maybe it should be Courage, or Cheerfulness, or Generosity, or maybe your Juggling Skills. and 2. There are much better determinants of Wisdom than someone’s Age – you could be very old and very stupid, and you could be very young and very wise.

Maybe it’s because of someone’s experience? How much they’ve learnt? or the amount of life they lived?. My response – You could experience a 100 things and not learn squat. You could experience only 3 things and learn a lot. It’s never how much you experience, it’s always how much you learn from what you experience.. and that! is something that’s independent of your age!

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One thought on “The Strange Nature of Respect

  1. So, what is the quality you pay most respect to?

    I put the quality of being honest to oneself on top.

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