Familiarity breed contempt


 French President Emmanuel Macron reprimanded a teenager who called him “Manu” on Monday, telling him to “call me Mr. President.”


We know things have gotten out of hand in the respect department when a very liberal French President gets insulted by one of the citizens.

“Respect, that’s the minimum in the [French] Republic — especially on June 18, especially in the presence of companions of the Liberation. But that doesn’t prevent us from having a civil conversation – watch till the end,” Macron tweeted in French.


“Manu” is a common nickname for Emmanuel in French.

During the event at a World War II memorial in France, an unnamed junior high school student casually addressed his county’s president, “How’s it going, Manu?”

“Call me Mr. President of the republic or monsieur (sir),” Macron responded in French, after saying “no, you can’t do that, no, no, no.”

There are NOT many people left that are older than I am, BUTT on rare occasions I will run into someone in their 90’s that I knew as a kid.  To this day, I will still refer to them as Mr. Or Mrs. WHY you axe??? Because that is what I was taught by my parents.

Respect in this country, and for that matter around the world is an all BUTT a dead issue. Who do I blame for this lack of old-time values?? Naturally the parents. People like Suzie and Brad have not taught their brats what the word respect means.  Many of these PC-Pathetic parents take no offense if their brats address them by their first name. I think it is hilarious and a huge lack of RESPECT.

The word RESPECT has so many tentacles in so many different directions it is amazing.

noun: respect
  1. 1.
    a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
    “the director had a lot of respect for Douglas as an actor”
    synonyms: esteem, regard, high opinion, admiration, reverence, deference, honor

    “the respect due to a great artist”
    antonyms: contempt
    • the state of being admired or respected.
      “his first chance in over fifteen years to regain respect in the business”
    • due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.
      plural noun: respects
      respect for human rights”
      synonyms: due regard, politeness, courtesy, civility, deference

      “he spoke to her with respect”
      antonyms: disrespect
    • a person’s polite greetings.
      plural noun: respects
      “give my respects to your parents”
  2. 2.
    a particular aspect, point, or detail.
    “the government’s record in this respect is a mixed one”
    synonyms: aspect, regard, facet, feature, way, sense, particular, point, detail

    “the report was accurate in every respect”
verb: respect; 3rd person present: respects; past tense: respected; past participle: respected; gerund or present participle: respecting
  1. 1.
    admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
    “she was respected by everyone she worked with”
    synonyms: esteem, admire, think highly of, have a high opinion of, hold in high regard, hold in (high) esteem, look up to, revere, reverence, honor

    “she is highly respected in the book industry”
    antonyms: despise
    • have due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of.
      “I respected his views”
      synonyms: show consideration for, have regard for, observe, be mindful of, be heedful of;

      formaltake cognizance of
      “they respected our privacy”
      antonyms: scorn
    • avoid harming or interfering with.
      “it is incumbent upon all boaters to respect the environment”
    • agree to recognize and abide by (a legal requirement).
      “he urged all foreign nationals to respect the laws of their country of residence”
      synonyms: abide by, comply with, follow, adhere to, conform to, act in accordance with, defer to, obey, observe, keep, keep to

      “her father respected her wishes”
      antonyms: disregard, disobey

Years ago Google had a contest for people to write an essay on how to achieve world peace. I entered the contest and used only one word; RESPECT.

If I respect someone, no matter who they are, where they came from, what race or religion they are, how rich or poor they are, who their Daddy is and they give me the same in return, it would be a very peaceful world. BUTT that is not the way the world turns.

Mostly everyone wants to be the winner and does not respect the other persons opinions. It does not mean that we do not respect the person if we disagree with them, it is how we come across that matters.  If we disagree RESPECTFULLY, we can disagree with anything and still be RESPECTFUL. Many times it is not what we say something, BUTT how we say it.

We don’t have to like a person to respect them or their ideologies, and the same goes for them.  That applies to EVERYONE in the world no matter what their status is.  People respecting each-other would eliminate bullying – wars –  unnecessary arguments – terrorism and multitude of other disagreeable/unpleasant issues.

BUTT if the parents who are supposed to be the beacon of life are ignorant of the facts, how do we think Johnnie and Jackie are going to grow up.  We are all products of our environments. Monkey see, monkey do!!

It is very sad to say that a good majority of the OLD SCHOOL values are long gone and will never return.

As an example: Is it a sacrilege if some snot-nosed kid calls an older person by their first name?? No, BUTT it shows a lack of RESPECT and up-bringing.

Listen to Aretha the Queen of Soul and pay attention. Maybe your kids can learn a good lesson from you.

Familiarity breeds contempt – phrase of familiarity

  1. 1.
    extensive knowledge of or close association with someone or something leads to a loss of respect for them or it.

Respectfully submitted:




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