One of the ugliest features in a culture is the demand for respect when no respect is given and no intention exists to give it, ever. In such an environment, respect can not establish itself. Beyond a thin veneer of behaviours that resemble respect and hide fear, there is nothing.
One of the most beautiful features you can witness in a culture is respect for those who have showered others with respect. This too is very natural, and it roots in sincerity, and we are moved by it.
There is plenty of misdirection teaching us the opposite of how we naturally feel, develop, and choose. When it comes to respect, you can not fake it and you can expect it only when you give it.
10 November 2017