I've been reading a lot of fantasy novels lately that talk about "Honor". Honor to your family, honor to your country, honor to yourself, honor to those that have come before you, honor to your friends. It's a big deal.
To have Honor, you must
- Keep your promises
- Treat those who are below your station with respect
- Treat your superiors with respect
- Remain loyal to family, friends, and country
- Do not lie, cheat, or steal
- Treat elders with kindness, and learn from them
- Do not kill, unless it is necessary to protect the others listed above
This is, of course, by no means an exhaustive list. But the failure to comply with any of those can result in the loss of your Honor as a person, meaning that:
- You may lose the respect of others
- You may lose rank, if you have any
- You may lose your ability to borrow money
- You may be killed
That being said, do you consider yourself to be an "Honorable" person? Is "Honor" important in your life? If so, to what extent and why? If not, why not? Do you believe that others have a focus on "Honor" in their daily lives? Do you believe that it is an outdated concept?
Honor is one of the biggest personal values in my life, along with respect.
Honor is not important in my life. Of course, I still treat people with respect, keep my promises (most of the time), try to learn from others, and all that good stuff. I do it because I feel like doing it, not because of some imaginary honor meter that goes up and down depending on what I do.
Pretty much this. The only thing I honour is my own opinions and beliefs. I'm not going to treat someone with respect if they dont deserve it, just to satisfy 'honour'.
Originally Posted by YoshiStar
I consider myself fairly honourable. I try to be as well-meaning as possible and kind to as much people that deserve it. Unfortunately, where I live is pretty poor, and I have to deal with junkies and violent psychopaths every day of my life (this includes my brother) so finding someone worthy of respect is a hard thing to come by.
Wish I had the kind of respect Don Corleone commanded.