Respect is just not the way we treat our family members, our elders, our seniors and those who are in the position of influence and trait but also how we treat those who are weak and fragile, who cannot do anything for us – waiters in restaurants, security guards, hawkers, street vendors, cleaning staff, etc. “Giving Respect” is, therefore, a personality trait, which cannot be faked.
However, “giving respect” doesn’t mean one cannot have a difference of opinion or one need to agree with the person they respect, all the time. It is about self-awareness...knowing the words one and cannot use while expressing the disagreement...and most importantly, when to withdraw. Respecting is also about sanity. “Respecting Others”, whether it is a part of your personality OR you have artificially developed it as a trait to impress others for your gain, can be easily seen. It shows in your communication. It shows in your behavior.
Unless proven otherwise, everyone has earned your respect.