This is a great observation and one that has bothered me too for some time. While I don't have the answer your looking for I do have an additional observation with regards to respect. Observation is this, How do you teach a person to have more self-respect and thereby treat other with that self-same loyalty and respect? some of what I have seen is the severe degradation of teaching of respect for the arts, rank, and self as well as others in the arts. Part of what I believe to be the problem goes back to the chase, people chasing their tails trying to get something that they most likely aren't even qualified to have. I know of a fellow that will suck up big time to anyone he can if he thinks they might promote him, but when the smoke clears and they see him for who he really is there is no chance of this happening. And then he begins to try to discredit that individual through gossip and whatever means available. In reality he could just get on the mat and train like everyone (and I say that with the sincerest of intentions) else does and test for his next rank or at least get to a skill level that warrants his next rank.
All that being said, he has no self-respect! How could he? So if a person has no self respect how can they possibly truly respect others? Another problem with this is the lack of respect for the art, the founder and the history of the arts and it's part in ones life. if people would only take the time to look at what they have gained from participating in the Martial Arts whatever style, they would most likely see that the benefits are far greater then the belt or title that most are chasing after while ignoring the very core of what the arts are about.
Sorry for the ramble, great post!
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