I have reminded of late the term honor and how much it may or may not be as evident as it once was. With the recent passing of President Bush and all the media around it it strikes me odd the way the word honor is freely peppered into pretty much every broadcast you hear or see. Make no mistake, President Bush was a man of Honor in my opinion, however the term is used to loose and freely these days I wondered if Americans really understand the term.
I Googled the term Honor, and the first return was in fact the definition I would agree most appropriate:
A women’s chastity or her reputation for this,,,,,,,,,,,,, what? Ok I get it
An Ace, King, Queen or Jack,,,,,,, didn’t know that
Then I see
Honor Official Store (USA),,,,,,,, so you can buy Honor? I pressed the link, who knew there is a smart phone called an Honor?
Then I do see the definition of Honor per the Merriman Webster Dictionary which very eloquently spells out what I described above.
Then I see per Wikipedia the term Honour, which describes ones own honor as a human and a place in society, and I would agree with that.
But my point is to deserve Honor you have to live life a certain way, one deed does not make a person Honorable, it’s a lifestyle.
To me living with honor is having respect for those around you, understand the differences in culture and embrace what you can from that culture however do not push your culture on another, if they like yours they will assimilate. Respect the rules laws and values of your community, have passion for what you do whether it be work or play. Chivalry is not a dead concept, hold the door for a lady, respect the elder and help where you can, reach out to someone in need and offer assistance if you can, don’t look down upon people that may not be doing as well as you, you may someday be there. Treat our earth with the same respect and dignity you do your own house, we are stewards here, save some earth for your grandkids. Honor your veterans, no one likes war, some people heed to some sort of calling inside for one reason or another to protect and defend, its not for everyone, but thankfully it is for some. Last but not least respect the sanctity of family, it is difficult at times for sure, but family is what keeps our culture strong and vibrant, once you start selling family short you cheapen it’s effect on society, the wolves start to take over, and we don’t want to go down that rabbit hole.
So President Bush in my opinion you did it right, from Naval service to public service to God and family you have made a generation proud and I salute and Honor you. May our future leaders look to your life as reference for our country in the years to come.