Book Antiqua – 1 Peter 2:13-17, “13Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.”
In my study of foreign languages, English lacks a trait common to some other languages. They have more than one way to say “you” and other phrases. The difference is that there is a common “you” that you can say to pretty much anybody and get away with it, but there is a respectful “you” and it is considered rude to not use it in the proper situations. When we say “you” it applies to everybody all the same. Respect, for us, isn’t taught in what you say, but how you say it and how you show respect otherwise.
Not everybody has been taught what it means to be respectful, the busier we are the more we hope that it is covered in the public school’s ettiquette course. Then again, respect varies in country to country. In some countries, I think, it’s offensive to be left-handed. That I cannot help. It’s just not easy being a conversation with somebody who doesn’t know that every other action they do is disrespectful. It’s a learning experience though. Like a recent example, what good is it to say things respectfully and turn around and be disrepectful by insulting people when they’re too faraway to hear?
There is a new movie coming out that just makes me wonder if people will follow it’s example of disrespectfulness or will use the oppurtunity to teach respectfulness and not excuses. As for me, I did take an ettiquette course at my public high school, but I learned what respect is by watching my father and his father deal with people. That’s the best place to learn the true meaning of respect, and the best way to pass it on.