[quote]Originally posted by david:
I won't pull any crap about being older and knowing better, since I'm still a young guy (21 yrs. old), so I'll simply say this:
you should respect your elders because it's the right thing to do. You may think you know a lot, but no matter how much you know, it doesn't beat experience. And experience beats all that fancy book-learning. I was raised to respect my elders. I call people who are older than myself ma'am and sir or Mr. Blank and Ms. Blank. I would never call an elder by their first name because it's presumptuous and disrespectful. Being respected is just a perk of being older.
There are, of course, exceptions to these rules of respect (Skinheads come to mind), but for the most part, respecting one's elders is the least we can do for those who came before us and know more than we do about the ways of the world.
As my momma said when i was 13 and wanted to do something incredibly stupid: "Number of years I have spent on this planet: 43. Number of years you have spent on this planet: 13. I think I know better than you." I din't want to believe her, but she was right.
You've not told me anything I wasn't already aware of--experience, wisdom, etc, beat book smarts. But you can't equate being older with being more experienced or more wise. There is a huge difference.
But that's not to say those who are older but not wise nor experienced should be disrespected; I myself am also exceedingly polite to my elders, whether I know them or not (IRL--obviously not always online, especially when your true colors show). Suffice it to say I've met my share of "elders" that seem to think that the principle of being an amount older than me means a) they are smarter than I am, b) they are wiser than I am, c) they are more experienced than I am, d) they are always more correct or 'right' than I am, e) their opinions are more valuable than mine are, and f) they DESERVE respect solely because they are older than I am. I just can't help but disagree with that.
Again I must point out you're using circular logic.