Throughout the ages, we have heard of the terms “honor” and “dishonor.” From the samurai warriors who centered their belief system around honor, to the soldiers of today who receive honorable or dishonorable discharges, honor and dishonor have a lot to do with how others view us and how we view ourselves. In this article, we will discuss the differences between both.
“Honor” is a term that refers to being morally upright, virtuous, noble, and altogether good as an individual. A person who could be described as “honorable” or “having honor” would be an individual who displayed these qualities as well as a sense of dignity. A person like this would have a good reputation and be easy to respect.
Another way to use the word “honor” would be in reference to a privilege that a person was able to enjoy. For example, if someone was able to speak at a charity event, they could say that they had the honor of being able to stand up and say a few words to everyone.
The samurai warriors of long ago (Japan) followed a strict code of honor called “Bushido.” This code stressed the importance of loyalty, frugality, serenity, wisdom, and honor until death. These warriors believed that violence was to be used only when necessary, and that to be truly honorable one would need to practice peace and tranquility above all else. Today, although we do not follow Bushido in and of itself, the points stressed by this way of life are still put into practice by those who want to be honorable.
“Dishonor” is a term that is derived from “honor.” It refers to behaviors and actions that are in stark contrast to those that are honorable. It also refers to a state of disgrace and shame. If an individual were to act in such a way that was dishonorable, they would bring discredit and disgrace to themselves and possibly others close to them, earning a negative reputation.
Another definition of the word “dishonor” would be in reference to a contract or obligation that someone agreed to. If one was to fulfill the obligation or contract, it could be said that one honored their end of the deal. However, if that person was to not hold up their end of the bargain or contract, it could be said that they dishonored the terms of the agreement.
In conclusion, to be “honorable” means to hold yourself to a set of standards that relate to morality, loyalty, and other positive attributes. An honorable person will hold true to promises and agreements and enjoy the esteem of others. One who is described as being “dishonorable” is the exact opposite. This individual would not see through their agreements, nor would they enjoy a positive reputation. History has shown that those who display the qualities synonymous with honor are better people and people who are seen in a positive light by others. Clearly, we want to strive to be honorable and let ourselves be known for being individuals who can be trusted and relied on.