Importance of Respect

Essay by minhanHigh School, 12th gradeA+, August 2009

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Respect, respect, respect, that's what my father always said to me. Growing up in a typical Chinese family, I have learnt the importance of Respect, whether it is towards your grandparents, friends or your teachers.

Although most of them are just simple things, it really shows your respect towards others. To show your respect towards others, there are often things you must not do.

For example, if you respect your parents or your grandparents, you wouldn't just pat their heads, dropping their wig onto the ground when you start asking them things such as "Hey grandma, how are you today?" or "what are we eating today?" The only people you are allowed to pat (if you must) are the ones who are younger than you, but that doesn't mean you can go up to a random stranger who's younger than you and start patting them on their head, no no no, that's not what I mean at all.

Towards your elders, respect can be shown when you grab food for them when the food is too far for them to reach or by standing up and allowing them to sit on your seat when there are no more chairs left. Such small acts of kindness can actually show your respect towards others and the kind of person you actually are.

For some of us, when we graduate from university, we may start to feel like we are superior beings, and that everyone who are still in college are lesser beings, or the lower-class people. This may cause us to look down on our parents or grandparents just because they didn't go to university, neglecting the fact that without them, there wouldn't be us, the fact that without their hard work and efforts, we wouldn't even have the chance of...