I have to give credit to Sree Sudheesh for hitting the nail right on its head when he wrote in Malaysiakini about “respect”.
Those who missed it, check it here.It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that respect cannot be bought or forced upon anyone. Respect is akin to love. When you feel it, you can’t hold it back, you can’t fight it, and you can’t forget it. It just is there. Respect is intangible, no doubt about that, but it’s a very real sentiment. That’s what I think, anyway.
The very fact that our PM-to-be has to urge Malaysians to respect Malaysian leaders for their own well-being can be likened to a man urging a woman to love him for her own good!
It seems so completely illogical to me.
If I am to love and respect anybody, it will be because it has been earned, nurtured and due.
Sree, this is my sincere thanks to you for prompting me to think a little deeper about “respect”.