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I respect my elders (whatever that entails)
11 6%
I give respect when earned/deserve, regardless of age
160 82%
I'm mean and hate everyone
23 12%
Voters: 194.
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#1
do you think someone being older than you gives them the right to more respect, to more leeway when they start talking crazy?

what about someone younger? do you look down on people for not being mature or "experienced" enough due to their youth?

edit: WHAT IS RESPECT!? I used the word so many times it lost its meaning.
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#2
Age very rarely means respectable. I'm 17 and i look down on 20-30 year olds who wear trcksuits, talk like preteens and try to be 'ARD.

However, i do take what people younger than me say with a pinch of salt.

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#5
I believe respect is earned and is not a given, no matter what age. Generally, I will give people the benefit of the doubt until they give me reason not to though. There may be some inherent respect for those who are much older than me, because in some instances they may have gone through a lot of tough shit to get that age, but as a rule, I won't give someone my respect just because of their age. I don't demand that anyone respect me without earning it from them either. It's a 2 way street. I know plenty of people older than I am that don't deserve it and plenty of people younger than me who do.
#6
no.

experience, knowledge and qualifications deserve respect.

simply by being older you don't deserve any, it's just by chance you happen to be born a few years earlier than someone else.
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#8
I give someone older the benefit of the doubt in most cases, because presumably they've been through more than I have.
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I give someone older the benefit of the doubt in most cases, because presumably they've been through more than I have.

does this go beyond general politeness? for example, I'd give my seat on a bus to an elder, hold a door open for them and so on, but I wouldn't just sit there as they hurled insults.
#10
Well, kinda yes and kinda no. I'm not gonna respect someone that's a couple years older than me unless they give respect first. You have to earn respect with me. On the other hand, the greatest generation will always have my respect. Regardless of age, if you don't eff with me, my family, or my friends, you'll be okay in my book.
#11
I'm willing to give someone significantly older the benefit of the doubt as far as respect goes, but that doesn't mean they can't lose my respect very quickly.
#12
If your talking about an OAP then yes if your talking about a middle aged prick then no.
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#13
Sure, you should be respectful, but to everyone.
Old people should be respected because you'll probably want to be respected when you're old an withered.
But obviously you'll lose that respect as soon as you're being insultive or a general nuisance.

Experience earns respect, not age. Age does not give experience.
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#14
I do my best to respect people when I don't know them. If I get to know them and they prove they earn it, they keep it. They may lose my respect, but I try not to disrespect anyone. With some people, that can be a little tough...
This is regardless of age.
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#15
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does this go beyond general politeness? for example, I'd give my seat on a bus to an elder, hold a door open for them and so on, but I wouldn't just sit there as they hurled insults.

I'm the same way I think...I start them out "higher on the scale" you could say than a 10 year old kid, but of course they can still lose my respect.
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#16
Yes and no.
Sometimes I feel respect should be earned.
I also think that people that have had the balls to trudge through life up without giving up deserve my respect too.
Hopefully if I'm old, I'll do something worthwhile and be respected too.
#17
I'm rather tired of self-righteous older people who go around acting like they know everything. Otherwise rather unintelligent people suddenly because wise sages once they reach a certain age? Hah.

Some of my friends are way smarter and wiser than many older people are.

I'm much more willing to give respect to those who don't have a sense of respect entitlement. As a rule, I'm generally kind to everyone equally, but just because you're old doesn't mean I'm going to take everything you say like gospel. Shouldn't it be enough that I'm nice?
#18
Respect is earned. Manners, on the other hand, should be a given.

Although giving up your seat for some people/holding doors open should be done by everyone, but rarely is.
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#19
Respect my senility!!!!!!
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Although giving up your seat for some people/holding doors open should be done by everyone, but rarely is.

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#21
Respect should generally be given to everyone until they prove themselves not worth it. And even then, it'd probably be better to treat them with respect still.
#22
I would say that a distinction should be made here:

Respect = Treating others equally with a sense of dignity.

Respect for elders = Somehow acting like they're better than you and high on the food chain just because they've been on Earth longer.

I respect everyone equally, (except those who don't deserve it... murderers, rapists, liars, etc.) but the "respect for elders" mentality is bullshit and it's degrading.
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I would say that a distinction should be made here:

Respect = Treating others equally with a sense of dignity.

Respect for elders = Somehow acting like they're better than you and high on the food chain just because they've been on Earth longer.

I respect everyone equally, (except those who don't deserve it... murderers, rapists, liars, etc.) but the "respect for elders" mentality is bullshit and it's degrading.

I'm not sure how it's degrading...

If I knew a 60 year old rapist, of course I wouldn't have any respect for him.

But people who fought in World War II, people who worked in a factory for 40 years to take care of their family, women who raised 6 children to be responsible adults, etc., in my opinion, deserve to have doors opened/seats given/more respect than some normal teenager.
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#24
I selected the second because in principle I think that's what people should do, even though everyone knows I should've picked the last one.
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#25
Nah. It's a held over idea from a long time ago when being old meant you were a badass because most people didn't live an incredibly long time. Any fuckwit can survive to old-age nowadays.
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#26
No. if an elderly person is a prick, they're a prick. respect is earned, and goes both ways.
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#27
No. I do, however, give my seat to elderly people on the bus, but that's mainly because despite being 18 I still harbour the childish idea that standing on the bus is cool.
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#28
I respect people unless they give me reason not to (this includes old people). Defaulting to disrespecting people is a pathetic, juvenile way to go through life.
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#31
There should be an "other" option because I respect everyone, no matter their age. No one has to earn my respect, the simple fact that they are a living, breathing human being is enough to get my respect. I am beneath or above no one else, therefore not respecting someone immediately is downright wrong.

That doesn't mean respect cannot be lost but it has to come down to knowing someone is disrespecting, showing no sense whatsoever for those feelings and repeated attempts. Other than that, you should be respected automatically.
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#32
No. Some old people are just assholes.
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#33
only if the elderly are in a position of authority, in which case they also deserve obedience.
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#34
If something dumb or incorrect is said then no. no matter what age im not going to just agree with them. So many people judge and stereotype these days. that respect has to be earned. Not that you have to be an ass about it but not just instantly give respect.
#35
I think people of any age deserve respect, but obviously people are going to treat their peers differently to say, their teachers, or their boss. I think rudeness is usually uncalled for though, and putting people down because of an age difference is a real annoyance. It happens a lot on forums, sadly, but less in real life I find, simply because different age groups tend to mix less in real life...and once everyone's grown up, it becomes less of an issue (from what I've noticed, anyway; it may be very different in other countries/cultures, I don't know).

Anyway...I generally try to treat everyone with respect, unless they're being a real troll, in which case it's often best to just ignore them.
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#36
No way. One of the things that has always pissed me off is when an older person discredits my opinion because of my age-- the "you'll understand stand when you're older" thing. While, yes, maturity does provide a different view on certain things, it doesn't mean that an opinion is any less meaningful because it comes from a young person.

Also, people assume that with age comes maturity and that's not true at all. I was more mature at 14 than some adults I've come across.
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#37
I respect my elders I just feel it's an obligation because they've been around longer.


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#38
Respect is earned and that's an absolute, but i will always defer to seniors.
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#40
maybe 4 or 5 generations ago when living to a ripe old age was actually an accomplishment, but with medical science today, any idiot can live to be old. We are really fighting Darwin as the only species that attempts to preserve the shallow end of the gene pool.
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