Respect: A Lost Virtue

Posted: September 4, 2013 in Uncategorized


By Ayodele Opeyemi Adenaiye


The word respect is gradually becoming an antique word in our modern society. As children, we were taught to respect our parents, teachers, elders, leaders, school rules and traffic laws, family and cultural tradition, other people’s feeling and rights, our country’s flag, we were also urge to respect the truth and other people’s opinion on any issue.


Let of stress here that, all individuals have the right to be respected by others until they prove otherwise. Parents today see on need to train up their children by inculcating respect in them. Children are left alone to themselves. Parents tend to see their children as being too small to teach moral things.


For instance, a child wales up in the morning withou saying good morning to his / her parent at home, will never say so to elderly person outside.


Our schools today; primary, secondary and even higher institutions are filled up with student who see on need to respect their teachers or lecturers. School rules and regulation are no longer in existence in the mind of the student. Rules and regulation in school are now built in a way that it will suit the students.


Come to think of it, how many of us today, respect the traffic laws, how many will diligently and faithfully wait for the green light that signifies “Go” before moving ahead. We are always in a rush at the detriment of our own lives; many accidents have being experienced because of our impatience.


Respect for traffic laws is seen as old fashion, and where there is traffic light, do we respect the traffic control personnel?


A scholar says ” Competition is what’s wrong with the world we live in, people are so focused in competing with one another, that they don’t care disrespecting each other.


Respect is both given and received. We expect other people to respect us in return for the respect we show them.


Before I close this article, let me quickly point to two key areas where we are missing it as a nation; the first is our lack of respect for our leaders both spiritual and political leaders; and the second is our lack of respect for other people’s religion and worship center.


Let me conclude by saying, Respect for other people’s religion does not make you part of their religion…Respect is a thing that makes up human seem valuable…


Ayodele Opeyemi Adenaiye is of the Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri



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