From page 82 of Jodi Picoult's House Rules,
"Teachers deserve respect," I explain.
"Why do they get it for free, when everyone else has to earn it?"
No, I'm not saying anything against teachers. Its a wonderful noble profession that not everyone is able to carry out nicely. I'm currently rereading the book when I came across the above quote and it struck me with a problem I've been having since a kid.
What I'm trying to say is how some people think that just because they're older/in a higher position/richer should be respected automatically regardless of how they treat people.
As I said to Mama in 2009:
"Now that I'm 20, I'm not going to care about being all nice and respectful and sweet to a bitchy ungrateful 40 year old woman who totally made my life hell 6 years ago by spreading stories to both sides of my family. She doesn't deserve any respect from me just because she happens to be my aunt. I'll show her respect when she shows me some. When she shows you as her older sister some. She can say whatever she wants about me, I don't give a damn,"
Yes, long story. A bit personal. Sufficient to say that I'm now the black sheep on Mama's side because most people are idiots and don't know the concept of listening to both sides.
Add on some other similiar stories and I'm a firm believer of:
"I'll respect you if you respect me. I'll treat you the way you treat me,"
Oh, I'm being distant sometimes? Sucks to be on the receiving end don't you think?
Yes, with age sometimes you get respect but that doesn't mean you can be a bitch.
Earn the respect.
No, don't even get me started on how some people seem to think the sun shines from celebrities' asses.