Your idea of how respect is gained is interesting. If respect is earned, then I have no duty to pay respect to any stranger I meet. After all, since I don't know them and have never met them before they've done nothing to earn my respect. I can disrespect them any way I want, right? The idea that respect must be earned doesn't sound quite right to me. Respect is something that is automatically given, and then it can be lost.
"We are all some of the smartest in the country. We have knowledge people envy, and we know how to argue. "Now that, kids, is what we call a classic case of developing gunner syndrome.
...wouldn't get wrapped up in the "oh my god I'm actually in law school, look I can have an opinion!" complex (i.e. "we are some of the smartest in the country") (and I wonder which law school that person actually attends?)...."We" is a broad group of people - and there are certainly plently of dumb ones.
some people have too much time on their hands.
I think it's because a lot of them like to have a martyr complex about the whole thing, they think it makes them tougher or something.