Respect is the Universal Currency
It’s inflated by idiots
by reality. The truth is
respect can be taken from you at any moment
It knows no social class.
All a man or woman wants
is respect. In fact, human beings
spend most of their lives
trying to be respectable. They buy luxury cars
and live in big houses. They have tea parties
and go to the Opera. Some of them collect books
and never read a single one. People will envy your wealth, your good looks, your social status, your education, your intelligence,
Respect, or a lack there-of
is why gangs commit violence
and white-collar workers shoot-up the office.
is why teenagers race hot-rods
and lawyers become politicians—it’s not enough, just to do paperwork in private
Power, is respect
and if you have power
people will try to take that from you.
That’s what boxing is about, in its rawest form
to get respect,
and to take it, from somebody else.
A wise man, wants a worthy opponent
He doesn’t want to win, when his enemy is weak.
If children respect their parents, they will live long lives
but many parents aren’t worthy of respect
and their children won’t live very long.
Citizens of the world unite, in disrespect of their planet
by pop-culture, and deviance
so far away from normal
that “normal”, isn’t normal anymore.
Death, is everywhere. When life is disrespected
millions are murdered.
Doctors go to medical school, to learn how to disrespect life.
Teachers go to college, to learn how to become ignorant.
Men who keep the lights on and the toilets flushing
and the showers running
are the most disrespected in society.
We shower politicians with praise—we give them our attention and respect
even if we hate them. Think about that…
People don’t respect themselves.
If they did,
they would do what is right.
Many of them,
don’t know what that is,
They are lost
because they don’t respect anything
They don’t stand for anything
they kneel, for disrespect.
It doesn’t take guts to lie down
Respect is won on battlefields
People die free, because, even a tyrant has to respect their enemy
If they don’t, their power is in jeopardy.
Respect, is what we live for
and die for
To say otherwise, is to reject the reason for respect—
The principal who I respected
was a man of honor
Even he, was disrespected, continuously
by parents who didn’t know how to show respect
Consequently, he retired early
and the school got a new principal
who knew no shame.
All of their angry criticisms
fell on his deaf ears.
When good men are not revered
take their place
to punish the people.