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Honor

  

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Honor \Hon"or\, n. [OE. honor, honour, onour, onur, OF. honor,
   onor, honur, onur, honour, onour, F. honneur, fr. L. honor,
   honos.] [Written also honour.]
   1. Esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation; respect;
      consideration; reverence; veneration; manifestation of
      respect or reverence.
 
            A prophet is not without honor, save in his own
            country.                              --Matt. xiii.
                                                  57.
 
   2. That which rightfully attracts esteem, respect, or
      consideration; self-respect; dignity; courage; fidelity;
      especially, excellence of character; high moral worth;
      virtue; nobleness; specif., in men, integrity;
      uprightness; trustworthness; in women, purity; chastity.
 
            If she have forgot Honor and virtue.  --Shak.
 
            Godlike erect, with native honor clad. --Milton.
 
   3. A nice sense of what is right, just, and true, with course
      of life correspondent thereto; strict conformity to the
      duty imposed by conscience, position, or privilege.
 
            Say, what is honor? 'T is the finest sense Of
            justice which the human mind can frame, Intent each
            lurking frailty to disclaim, And guard the way of
            life from all offense Suffered or done.
                                                  --Wordsworth.
 
            I could not love thee, dear, so much, Loved I not
            honor more.                           --Lovelace.
 
   4. That to which esteem or consideration is paid;
      distinguished position; high rank. ``Restored me to my
      honors.'' --Shak.
 
            I have given thee . . . both riches, and honor. --1
                                                  Kings iii. 13.
 
            Thou art clothed with honor and majesty. --Ps. civ.
                                                  1.
 
   5. Fame; reputation; credit.
 
            Some in theiractions do woo, and affect honor and
            reputation.                           --Bacon.
 
            If my honor is meant anything distinct from
            conscience, 't is no more than a regard to the
            censure and esteem of the world.      --Rogers.
 
   6. A token of esteem paid to worth; a mark of respect; a
      ceremonial sign of consideration; as, he wore an honor on
      his breast; military honors; civil honors. ``Their funeral
      honors.'' --Dryden.
 
   7. A cause of respect and fame; a glory; an excellency; an
      ornament; as, he is an honor to his nation.
 
   8. A title applied to the holders of certain honorable civil
      offices, or to persons of rank; as, His Honor the Mayor.
      See Note under Honorable.
 
   9. (Feud. Law) A seigniory or lordship held of the king, on
      which other lordships and manors depended. --Cowell.
 
   10. pl. Academic or university prizes or distinctions; as,
       honors in classics.
 
   11. pl. (Whist) The ace, king, queen, and jack of trumps. The
       ten and nine are sometimes called Dutch honors. --R. A.
       Proctor.
 

That is the definition, now what does it mean to you?  

People die for honor of their country, honor of their families, even their own honor. Honor is apparently a very valuable thing. What do we honor? Our Mothers? Our Fathers? God? Our children? Our boss? Our pets? Ourselves? Our leaders? Our dead?

 

Are they worthy? Should we honor them? Why? For the respect they earned from us? For the position they hold? Do you honor the person or the position?

 

What is the worth of our honor? If a person honors themselves, is the honor they give someone else greater the honor given by someone who does not honor themselves?

 

We honor country, do we honor City? Community? Neighborhood?  Should we? Are we a part of these things? Don’t others identify us with them? Lets stop and take a moment to think how would you honor your Neighborhood? Could you honor it with your respect? So you could respect your neighbors property (by not cutting across their lawn). Then it wouldn’t have that path worn into it, and it would then look nicer. You honor your own yard by keeping it clean and well maintained. As the neighborhood began to look nicer wouldn’t this reflect upon you? Making it more of an honor to come from or reside in that area?

 

So if we honor the things that we are apart of it increases our own honor. If we dishonor we can then also take away from ourselves. Is not agreeing with someone a dishonor? No. Is disrespecting someone a dishonor? Yes. To both the person and to the person who commits the disrespect as others will remember the disrespect and associate the person with the act of disrespect. You don’t to like someone, or even have any respect for someone to show respect and treat them properly. So by practicing tolerance and mutual respect for our fellow humankind we honor ourselves. 

 

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