Is the concept of being honorable a thing of the past? Recent situations like the current scandals of fraternities, continual corporate financial wrongdoing, consistent sectarian dissention in politics, etc., leaves people asking who do we trust if anyone?
There was a time when a person’s word was their bond! I remember my father getting a mortgage on a handshake with a friend who was a banker. If you told someone that you were going to do something,, you did it. Trust was the modus operandi and a non negotiable. How did we learn not to trust?
Even the phrase, “trust me” has taken on a skeptical tone. Being honorable is the essence of reputation, respect, and integrity, and yet, generally, it is not valued or revered. When being honorable becomes obvious, sadly, it is in the case of a whistleblower and there is retaliation and/or punishment.
Honor can’t be taught only modeled. One can’t demand it, does need to recognize when one experiences it and sees the value of it.
The “ consequence” for being honorable is trustworthiness, admiration and a sense of peace. A peace in knowing that one did the right thing for the right reason.
When was the last time you were treated honorably? Does that honorable experience outnumber the times when you weren’t treated honorably or is it the other way around?
What does your answer tell you about honor?