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Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Generational | 1 comment

Why HONOR rubs you the wrong way

Why HONOR rubs you the wrong way

hI’m never shocked when I hear people struggle with the idea of honor. Because honor is primarily thought to be associated with actions instead of the heart, this generation has concluded that honor is simply obedience, speaking respectfully or withholding an opinion in deference to another.  This kind of action-based honor has been demonstrated by previous generations.  It looks like this:

  • A kid who says “yes, sir” to his father, but despises him in his heart
  • An employee who represses his ideas to avoid a confrontation with his boss
  • A wife who submits to emotional abuse in reverence to her husband
  • A cultist who blindly follows a leader to his death

These are people hiding behind cloaks of “honor”.  This perverted idea of honor has been paraded as the real deal.  And for the most part, nobody buys it anymore…and rightly so!  A deceitful show of honor only leads to emotional hurt.  It leaves you feeling powerless and often causes you to hurt others.  You sense that this is not what true honor is about.  As a result you may have fled in the opposite direction.

What do you think is the true nature of Honor?

Check out these posts for some of my ideas:

1.) What does Honor look like today?

2.) Should every generation start from scratch?

3.) How to have a better relationship with your parents

4.) I’m an adult now.  Why should I listen to my parents?

5.) Young Adults – Are we up for the challenge?

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  • That is so well said, Harrison! Actions may be what we see, words what we hear, but the heart holds the key to a life of happiness.