Is respect earnt? Or merely gained with age? I personally think respect should be earnt. Old people should not demand respect purely on the basis of age. I would not expect anyone to respect me until I had earnt it, and I expect everyone else to be the same. You should be polite etc to everyone, but that isn't the same as truely respecting them. This isn't about just the elderly who persume because they are 80 they are deserving of respect, it is about those who persume because they are wealthier, or perhaps in a higher position of power they deserve it. I wouldn't respect the queen, I see no reason to she was born into her position. Respect is something which should be earnt, worked for. It's a privelege not a right.