Authority figures are an integral part of your life, but you may not treat them with the respect that they deserve. Your teachers, bosses, local police, and parents deserve to be treated with dignity and reverence. There are far too many people that, for one reason or another, could care less for authority figures. This type of behavior has no benefits, and it is very detrimental to a person’s life. We sometimes have no idea when we are being rude to these figures, which is a big problem. No one is above this behavior.
My girlfriend shows up to work late on a fairly regular basis, and her boss has repeatedly asked for her to arrive earlier. However, my girlfriend has never altered her sleeping patterns or lifestyle in order to arrive at an earlier hour. She says she is going to make changes that will make her boss happy, but she does nothing at all. This leads to a strained relationship, work stress, poor efficiency reports, and headaches galore. I can see the problem. Why can’t she?
Just don’t be like this. You can have a normal life if you don’t treat the people in charge like this. Too many people act like they deserve respect after yelling at you. Don’t be one of them.
A friend of mind grew upset with me once for being kind to a police officer. He had pulled me over for not having a front license plate, but it was legal for me to have a single plate. My car is older, so that made it legal according to California law. Still does. The policeman refused to see my point and wrote me a ticket. He then suggested that I use bolts to screw in a license plate. The kind policeman even showed me where I cold put those bolts in. Oh for shame! Needless to say, I paid the ticket and never attached a front plate to the car. My friend became extremely angry with me for being kind to the policeman as we drove home. She told me I had no genital organs between my legs, and told me about the rude way she would have treated the officer. I remember shuddering as I imagined the horrible situation she would have found herself in. I hate jails, and police don’t appreciate being given the finger.
At university, I often found myself forgetting about my professors. Historians tend to sit in groups for book discussions, and the professors tend to be no different than any other student in the classroom. This is graduate level study, mind you. They offer opinions, laugh, ask questions, and relate personal stories. It’s easy to forget that they are in charge of the learning process, and I sometimes acted inappropriately. One day while learning about a group of early Americans living in Baltimore, I read a paragraph from the text we were studying in a funny English accent. The section was about how women sold their bodies to men (sexually) during the winter for lack of work, and it really was as absurd as it sounds. Our professor didn’t like my joke, and I received a B+ in the class ultimately. I’m a great student, and I am certain that it was my very memorable and non-politically-correct choice of words that got me that grade. What was it all for? It was for nothing. If I had kept my mouth shut, my grade would have been an A-. I just know that my outburst was the deciding factor, and I don’t blame the professor. People are not all A material all the time. My graduate GPA was 3.72.
Our egos tell us to do things that often get us into trouble, and many times those actions lead to unfavorable outcomes. Ultimately, it is very important to have respect for authority figures like police and teachers. We should behave the way they want us to, and we should do things the way we are supposed to. Rules exist for a reason, and every boss or leader has a different style. You will have a happier and more fulfilling existence if you following the rules and make good on the promises that you make to your parents, coaches, priests, and other leading figures. Once in a while you will come up short, but make the effort to please these people a little bit. Your life should be a well-oiled machine, and authority figures are the people in your life that make the machine function the way it should. They set a proper course for you.
Be moral. In fact, do as I do. If a homeless man asks for money, give him a small amount and tell him about job opportunities out there. Information and your time are worth everything when you have something of value to say. Authority figures spend their valuable time with you. You should appreciate that.