People say, respect your elders, but not all elders are deserving of respect. You know the kind of older people who are so rude, it makes your blood boil? Are they really deserving of respect when they don't even even respect you?
I would say, only respect those who are respectful to you no matter what age. Forget about the rest.
Most Helpful Guy
I will not automatically respect elderly people. I may give the more credit since for example when they're rude, it may be because they're in pain.
But I used to have a grandma that had the reputation she could make stones fight. I kept some distance but I can tell you, she was not to person I'd have visited for a nice chat :o1
Most Helpful Girl
no one is entitled to respect~ they must earn it, and age doesn't give you a free pass.
however, it is possible to respect someone's experience without respecting them. for example, you can respect the fact that old mrs. crumplebottom from down the street survived the great depression, gave birth to 25 kids, beat cancer 5 times, and lived to the ripe old age of 150 and still want to throttle her for being an insufferable hag.
that said, our elders are a source of knowledge. my in-laws are in their 70s, and talking to them is like stepping into a time machine.1