Respect is rare in this new world. Yes, we all know the word, but very few, in my view, actually understand the real meaning of respect. It is something I have been saying ever since I can remember: so few people actually know how the world works.
I try treat everyone with respect, and while I don’t ask for anything in return, I do expect them to demonstrate basic courtesy. Ignoring someone, for example, is simply not cool. Especially when that person is someone you thought you could trust. Perhaps this is the thing: trust and respect should go hand in hand, but for some reason, they don't. I mean, you can trust someone not to steal from you or mislead you, but you can't trust them to be respectful. Well, most often. That is my experience.
The thing about treating everyone around you with respect, as your equal, is that too often people get overly familiar with you, and they start to get comfortable in your space. This is not on in my view. People who understand how the world works never do this.
Posted by Ronnie Apteker