We're taught to respect our elders.
But all things being equal, shouldn't they respect their yengers* also?
Shouldn't everyone just respect everyone?
Isn't respect a two-way street? And not just a one-way leading to Oldsville that lands you in a dead end?
Some old folks might not have actually even done anything respect-worthy to get where they are, other than avoiding death.
And some young folks might take such respect-worthy actions that they don't even get to live to the ripe old age** of automatic respect.
So if anything, shouldn't respect be based in merit rather than just years logged in on the planet?
In any event, I'll revisit this issue when I'm old and change everything to suit my needs.
* You change your vowel, I'll change mine.
** I think some people actually pass "ripe" before they get to old age.
But to speak of someone's "spoiled old age" might be disrespectful.
Maybe that's why they deserve respect.
To avoid making them think about their rotting, decaying pre-corpse.