Respect the elderly? I needed to take a train today, and I was standing in line for a ticket. My bus was late, so I was also late for my train and had about one minute left. Finally it was my turn. Suddenly, the old man behind me passed me and started asking the clerk for a ticket. As I politely intervened, saying that I believe it was my turn, he turned towards me, smiling slightly and said sushingly: "Ah, but my train leaves in less than 10 minutes, son." I replied "Mine leaves in about one minute, sir." he quickly turned back towards the clerk and finished his business. The clerk shrugged at me, but gave the man his ticket. I missed my train, and didn't even get an apology. Don't get me wrong: if an elderly person enters a full bus, I'd be the first to stand up and offer my seat. However, a while ago I remained in my seat as an old man with a cane entered the bus. Not intentionally, my thoughts were just drifting away, I wasn't really paying attention. He - and I swear this is no joke - poked me with his stick. Naturally, I stayed seated, and I probably said something cranky as well. As hard as it is to believe, he had the nerve to start yapping about the youth of today, and how they have no respect for the elderly anymore. Is it just me? I do believe respect for the elderly is a good thing, and necessary, but I also think it counts both ways to some extent. The usual clichÃ© is that young people nowadays don't have respect for elderly people anymore, but I strongly believe that in general it is the other way around. Does anyone share that opinion, does anyone strongly disagrees with it? Surely it isn't wrong to expect some respect in return, now is it?