The many problems we face today as a society seem to become more and more
overwhelming. I believe that respect for one other is a big social issue we face today in our
generation of tomorrow. We see this problem in teens, in so many places. For example, in school
there is a lack of respect for students from other fellow students. At home there is a lack of
respect from the children of this generation to their parents. There is also a lack of respect from
young adults to most authoritative figures.
First, the most apparent sign of lack of respect is in the school with students who do not
respect their peers. Most students fail to recognize each other as equals because of differing
economic status, race, and religious beliefs. Not only these situations play prime roles in the
disrespect of others, but also the clubs and organizations one could be associated with. For
example, the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. The complaint brought before the
public from the guilty students was that they were mistreated by the football players of Columbine
High. They were said to have been teased until their life became so miserable that they took their
aggression out - the wrong way - on everybody in the school. The cause of this situation was a
lack of disrespect between the two parties resulting in recurrent retaliation, until one party went
too far. The lack of respect for one another only provided motive for such a situation to become
escalated. If respect had been received from both parties to one another, this situation may could
have been avoided. These problems have not only occurred in Columbine High, but have plagued
high schools across the nation. Fights and shootings have been the worst consequence of all, too
many violent crimes have occurred due to the lack of respect toward each other. This is where the
golden rule comes in to play. If the majority of students up held respect for one another by
treating others as they would like to be treated, situations like Columbine may could have been
The next, most apparent sign of lack of respect is in the common household from this
generation. This is where the whole problem of disrespect begins, learning to disrespect or respect
one another. If a juvenile has not been taught to respect his or her parents, why would that person
even consider respecting anyone outside a relationship that was supposed to be close knit?
Adolescents must be taught in the home to respect others; realizing that each person has a differing
situation and a different outlook on life, but before this can happen they too must be respected and
regarded themselves. The best way of teaching is to lead by example. Maybe, if taught young to
respect others inside the home, the majority of most young adults could avoid a life misery and
trouble. This life is brought before them via their decisions in life. A good illustration of this is
when teenagers turn to gangs to feel respect - the wrong kind - from one another as a substitute for
what they should receive at home, thus leading to a life of violence and crime. This decision of
choosing this parody of life only invites for other problems to begin, in more ways than one. If
one person out of the household could sit down and ask Jack and Jill if they know the Golden rule
of life; it would help them tremendously, more than most would think. As I remember when I was
younger, my Dad constantly harped on me to always respect others by treating them as I would
like to be treated, even if it meant respecting someone as I had seen as “not nice.” As hard as it
seemed, I would always attempt to do so, the majority of the time the outcome was respect from
the person as I had seen as “not nice”, fewer times it was not.
The last most apparent sign of lack of respect from this generation is toward authoritative
figures such as teachers, principals, and police officers. How often do you see a young juvenile
talking back to on of these three people? I see it almost every day! The generation of tomorrow
has little respect for the ones who teach and protect them for the future. These people are like
elders to our village know as society, they deserve the up most respect for their