What is Honor

"If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters." ~Alan Simpson

Honor is a term used for two distinct things, one can have an honor bestowed on them, this is an honor given, but the more important honor is the one we each have inside ourselves, Our personal integrity, and sense of doing what is right, even if it is inconcenient.

"One does evil enough when one does nothing good." ~German Proverb

We stand by, watching as people do things we know to be wrong, and we say nothing, we do not pull them aside and say "Look at what you are doing.", and in this the fault of it lays on us as well as them, we must learn to stand up, even though it may make us unpopular, for we are our own judge of how we have lived our lives.

"Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them." ~Aristotle

Worthiness comes from within, you either have it or you do not, our actions determine if we feel we have it, we act without honor, we know it, we may hide it from the world, but it still shows like a bright beacon to those who know what to look for.

"Not being able to govern events, I govern myself." ~Michel de Montaigne

We have the ability to control ourselves, yet too often we go with the flow, following the crowd, even when the crowd is wrong in their actions, we have to learn to stand on our own two feet and be able to say "No, this is wrong".

"If a man is not rising upwards to be an angel, depend upon it, he is sinking downwards to be a devil." ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

So true, there is no middle ground on the topic of honor, you either have it, or you do not, and those who do not, are heading to the abyss.

"One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them" - Thomas Sowell

Not even sure I need to comment on this one, I have fallen into this trap so many times, I wonder if I can trust again, and yet I keep doing it.

15 Feb 2007 15:18:27


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