A Discussion On Honor
In Wikipedia there is an extensive definition‚ I will refine it to this: Honour or honor (from the Latin word honos‚ honoris) is the evaluation of a person’s social status as judged by that individual’s community. Accordingly‚ individuals are assigned worth and stature based on the harmony of their actions‚ code of honour‚ and that of the society at large. Dr Samuel Johnson‚ in his A Dictionary of the English Language (1755)‚ defined honour as having several senses‚ the first of which was “nobility of soul‚ magnanimity‚ and a scorn of meanness.”
This sort of honour derives from the perceived virtuousconduct and personal integrity of the person endowed with it. On the other hand‚ Johnson also defined honour in relationship to “reputation” and “fame“; to “privileges of rank or birth”‚ and as “respect”of the kind which “places an individual socially and determines his right to precedence.”
This sort of honour is not so much a function of moral or ethical excellence‚ as it is a consequence of power. Finally‚ with respect to women‚ honour May be synonymous with“chastity” or “virginity“‚ or in case of a married woman‚ “fidelity“.
Second story; The Meaning of Honor:
Lt. Col. Davison was always an honorable man. He served first in the Army before WWII and then later because he was a pilot was in the newly formed Air Force.
He was a career officer until his retirement in the 70’s. At the time of his death he was still serving as a consultant for the Sheriff’s Department of Roswell‚ NM. He and his wife Glady’s were married for over 50 years before she died‚ about two years before he died.
They raised three children together and they were honorable people and taught those values to their children..