"Respect is earned," is a rhetoric that I will never understand. Everybody is deserving of respect until proving otherwise. Everybody is deserving of decency and fair treatment, and respect falls into that. I respect my fellow bloggers, I respect the people who walk down the street, I respect my teachers and fellow students, because they have done neither good nor bad. They are people just like me and they are not void of respect somehow just because they have not proven worth to me. Respect is basic decency. If somebody is indecent, then they are not respected.