The Beauty of Words


“But if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive”
(Henry V by William Shakespeare)

Honour is a value in demise.
There was a time when people took pride in being honourable; and being perceived as dishonourable was worse than having one’s daughter vaginalising with some scoundrel. 

Honour is many times blended with ego and vanity, which tempers the whole concept of the value. 
For example: using women’s virginity as a means of control, political strategy and leverage, under the flag of honour is deceptive. Using adultery as an excuse to commit murder and then call it “crime of honour” is antithetic. To be publicly known as honourable and then; behind curtains; plot against others, abuse, rape and murder people is to mask an ill character. To be known as righteous and then secretly covet your neighbours’ possessions and happiness is disdainful; if one is to sin then sin properly “but if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive”

Honour should be in perfect symbiosis with earnestness, loyalty, consistency and valour.
Earnestness: honesty and seriousness in character is vital to the concept of honour. One must be true to oneself first and then true to others. By being truthful I mean maintaining a certain purity of the soul within an imperfect world such as ours.
Loyalty: the purest form of commitment. This value goes beyond fidelity; it surpasses petty details of existence; it survives all the vicissitudes of irrationality and intellectual weaknesses. Being loyal to someone, to a family, to a honourable cause is extremely difficult and anyone succeeding in this undertaking is worthy of respect.
Consistency: come whatever it may, one’s character does not sway. When one’s character, thoughts, words and actions are consistent we know we are before a honourable person. The issue is to find a being that actually succeeds in conjugating all the above.
Valour: great courage is needed to want, to choose, to be honest, loyal and consistent when the world does nothing but to tempt us into subversion. 

I admire honourable beings and I try to emulate them. There are times, even, when I covet that feature in them and whenever I think of atoning for that sin, I recite “but if it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending soul alive” and atonement becomes a distant memory. 


The Verb is Beautiful and a simple quote can reproduce wonders,
Let's check what is LS' version of Beauty of Words.

Comments

  1. "Honour is many times blended with ego and vanity, which tempers the whole concept of the value. "

    I whole heartedly agree with this statement. Honor might be confused with pride, but pride has a different meaning altogether. I think honor should be likened more to integrity. Honor is living up to who you know you should be.

    Great post Max!

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  2. Hey D! :D

    "Honor might be confused with pride, but pride has a different meaning altogether."

    I agree with you. Pride is a whole other matter...

    "I think honor should be likened more to integrity. Honor is living up to who you know you should be."

    Agreed. It makes sense, D.

    "Great post Max!"

    Thanks, darling *bowing*!

    D, thank you ever so much for this incredible input :D!

    Cheers

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  3. Hello Maximus!

    What a fabulous word picture you have gifted us with! I very much enjoyed sifting through your words celebrating that of the Great Spear Shaker...

    It seems the highly coveted Klingon idea of honour fits nicely with Henry V...

    The character qualities of honesty, fairness and integrity seem to receive honour from those that respect those character qualities...

    But we live in a world that frequently denies the mere existence of absolute truth replaces fairness with entitlement and redefines integrity as mean spirited...

    All this being said I offer Warf son of Mogh as a pretty good model...plus he would make an interesting character in Henry V!

    As per honour via earnestness, loyalty and consistency you my dear are an honourable person...

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  4. WOW, heavy subject...honour is tough to keep 'coz nobody is good 24/7 and temptations abound as well as trials for our weaknesses...

    However, I agree with LS that you're an honourable person and that LS is also one honourable person. HUGS!!!

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  5. Hi LSus :D!

    "What a fabulous word picture you have gifted us with! I very much enjoyed sifting through your words celebrating that of the Great Spear Shaker..."

    Why, thank you, Lord LS *bowing*! LOL "Spear Shaker" LOL LOL I loved it! LOL LOL...

    "It seems the highly coveted Klingon idea of honour fits nicely with Henry V..."

    Klingon...LOL you kill me, Sci-fi guy...

    "The character qualities of honesty, fairness and integrity seem to receive honour from those that respect those character qualities..."

    I so know what you mean, man *nodding*. I am sure you would agree with me when I say that some people pretend to respect those character qualities...but their behaviour prove otherwise, it's so disappointing...

    "But we live in a world that frequently denies the mere existence of absolute truth replaces fairness with entitlement and redefines integrity as mean spirited..."

    *nodding in agreement*...

    "All this being said I offer Warf son of Mogh as a pretty good model...plus he would make an interesting character in Henry V!"

    LOL LOL LOL...thank you for that offer, LSus...

    "As per honour via earnestness, loyalty and consistency you my dear are an honourable person..."

    LS, my dear friend, thank you so much *bowing*! And thank you for honouring me with your friendship :D.

    Loved this comment: merci beaucoup, Livingsword!

    Cheers

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  6. Hi Amel :D!

    "WOW, heavy subject...honour is tough to keep 'coz nobody is good 24/7 and temptations abound as well as trials for our weaknesses..."

    Not that heavy, darling lol ;). Ah, but honour is not directly related to being good (sometimes, in order to defend honour one must be "less good" [at least in the eye of outsiders]; just like when defending justice and fairness one must be "less good" or proper).
    Indeed...temptations abound...

    "However, I agree with LS that you're an honourable person and that LS is also one honourable person. HUGS!!!"

    Aww, you are sweet, thank you *bowing*! LS is indeed honourable, he's a true gentleman.

    Amel, thank you ever so much for your comment and friendship :D!

    Cheers

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  7. Hi Max!

    Great article, darling *bowing*!

    All great values are very difficult to be achieved for, as you well said it, the world is precarious, therefore everything else became irrelevant.
    However, some good men seem to be capable, in spite of the adversities, of reaching such fulfilment!
    For us you're one of the few and because we admire your character we would like to believe that we, as well, shall join one day the caravan of sinners.

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  8. Hi C.C! :D

    "Great article, darling *bowing*!"

    Why, thank you *bowing*! I missed you guys :D!

    "All great values are very difficult to be achieved for, as you well said it, the world is precarious, therefore everything else became irrelevant. However, some good men seem to be capable, in spite of the adversities, of reaching such fulfilment!"

    I totally hear you! Indeed, indeed...and those are the men that I admire and try to emulate.

    "For us you're one of the few and because we admire your character we would like to believe that we, as well, shall join one day the caravan of sinners."

    Aww...thank you for your generosity *bowing*! You guys can join my caravan (of love, sinners, intellect...whatever) at any time :D! You are men of Ren from whom I have a lot to learn *bowing*!

    C.C, thank you ever so much for this beautiful comment (I really really missed you) :D!

    Cheers

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  9. Hi! An article that is so thought provoking that it encourages me to give you an insight into my life. My apologies if it deviates from your theme.

    A powerful line from the movie “Saving Private Ryan”: “I've tried to live my life the best I could. I hope that was enough. I hope that at least in your eyes, I've earned what all of you have done for me.” encapsulates my life as I see it.

    With many life's mistakes, hopefully by the end of it I will be honoured for the steps I took to live a more honourable life.

    Live long and prosper,
    Peter

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  10. Hi Max,

    All of the virtues set forth in this piece are priceless and for someone just to possess one, much less all is a step in the right direction.

    Honor is without a doubt honorable, but please tell me why there is honor among thieves? :-o

    Great post my dear.

    Honorable Cheers!

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  11. Great post Max..! loved every single word of it. Honor is the thing everyone should have it in their life.

    Love
    Sunshine

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  12. These are admirable values, and I believe a lot of people try to live by them, although interpretations may vary depending on cultures etc.

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  13. Hi Peter :D!

    "An article that is so thought provoking that it encourages me to give you an insight into my life. My apologies if it deviates from your theme."

    No need to apologise, Pete: anything that derives from self-expression is precious...so deviate away ;).

    "A powerful line from the movie “Saving Private Ryan”: “I've tried to live my life the best I could. I hope that was enough. I hope that at least in your eyes, I've earned what all of you have done for me.” encapsulates my life as I see it."

    This is beautiful!! And I understand it quite well *bowing*...

    "With many life's mistakes, hopefully by the end of it I will be honoured for the steps I took to live a more honourable life."

    Absolutely, Peter!

    "Live long and prosper"

    You too, my friend; you too.

    Peter, I absolutely adored your comment: what an honour it is to have you in my small circle of friends :D! Thank you!

    Cheers

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  14. Hey Lady A :D!

    "All of the virtues set forth in this piece are priceless and for someone just to possess one, much less all is a step in the right direction."

    *nodding in agreement*...

    "Honor is without a doubt honorable, but please tell me why there is honor among thieves? :-o"

    LOL honour doesn't mean righteousness or perfection. Sometimes to achieve honour one must be less good, less correct; in order to keep integrity of character one must choose to be less righteous...a paradox, eh?
    One can be a thief and yet abide by certain rules, codes and this abiding is what honour can be all about.

    "Great post my dear."

    Thank you, my darling *bowing*!

    Lady A, you honoured me with your most interesting comment (that made me think): thank you :D!

    Honouring Cheers

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  15. Hi Sunshine :D!

    I haven't had the chance to tell you: Welcome to the MAX experience :D!

    "Great post Max..! loved every single word of it. Honor is the thing everyone should have it in their life."

    Thanks, Sunshine! I am glad you liked it *bowing*! Indeed...

    Sunshine, thank you so much for your input and know that you are extremely welcome here and I hope to see more of you :D!

    Cheers

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  16. Hi Zhu :D!

    "These are admirable values, and I believe a lot of people try to live by them, although interpretations may vary depending on cultures etc."

    I see what you mean, but as you know I don't think that values vary according to culture, nationality, genderm age etc. Values are universal.

    Zhu Zhu, thank you so much for your precious input :D!

    Cheers

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