I was caught dumbfounded by someone I know told me that he thought respecting our elders was a foolish act since not everyone is worthy to be respected for the reason of his/her age.
But how about merely displaying them politeness and common behavior? A concise explanation of a senior is, somebody who has lived longer than we do, so they have collected more knowledge, experiences and much wisdom. We don’t have to match with their wisdom, but recognizing that there may be some useful knowledge of information that comes from their experience sound gracious.
Likewise, I believe giving consideration to convey appreciation to a concerned elder who assisted in setting the way or care for you or a family member who came before you, such as a mother or uncle.
Our manners do make us a man. Kids must be accustom on how to behave properly from a very tender age. Educating them the right manners and conduct first start at home.