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Because old people are considered to be smarter than younger people, AND they can't move very well.

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you show respect because older people are bigger than you so show respect .....AnswerYou show respect in order to get respect; meaning that it really does not matter how people treat you, it's how you treat the people that do wrong to you. Basically what goes around comes around and nobody wants to die the life they live. So no matter what happens in life keep a clean slate for your own self respect and you will surely be rewarded for it. I know it's not fair, but nothing in life is, except our choices. They are free and help make a great difference in this old world. Some people you should respect are parents,siblings,teacher,peers,and others like a police officer