I read a profile recently where the gentleman listed this about himself stating that he is a man of honor. I was very impressed and wanted to know more. What types of qualities would a man of honor possess? How would you describe him and how he lives? Thank you ahead of time for the discussion we will have!
Honor is a word we do not hear a lot these days. Do certain actions, qualities or behaviors and beliefs come to mind?
I have been teaching and I notice that in the public schools there is a serious attempt to teach values and morals as well as an attempt to help children promise to graduate from high school by having them make this pledge daily along with pledging to reach for other positive goals. They review the rules of good behavior each day as well. I am so impressed with this.
What do you think of this?
In an adult what constitutes honor?
I would agree with Ray that a man of honor highly values integrity, but I think integrity is the driving force. I believe that a man of honor is someone who lives a virtuous life and finds the virtues to be the guidepost in his life. I would bring together the theological (faith, hope, love) and the cardinal (prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance) virtues in describing the virtues he lives. I believe integrity is what keeps him living those virtues. That he finds the virtues to be the core of his very self and to violate any of them is to violate his very self.
Dan, this is absolutely right on target. I think that integrity gives him the desire and ability to try to attain virtue and to operate with virtue. Have you read any special books about the virtues? Do you have any recommendations? I recommend The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper.
Also Faith, Hope and Love by Josef Pieper.
Have you any recommendations?