Monday, November 5, 2012

Vires et honestas

That's right ladies, it's a foreign language to us.

Honor is one of many fundamental differences between the sexes. When men learn this they are bewildered. "How can a woman not have honor?" "How can a woman not understand honor?"

From Wikipedia: Honor is an abstract concept entailing a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects both the social standing and the self-evaluation of an individual. It is a code of behavior that defines the duties of an individual within a social group.

From Dictionary.com: honor refers to the highest moral principles and the absence of deceit or fraud.

It becomes very obvious that women lack this abstract quality when we peer over the last several decades of societal changes since suffrage. It never should have happened. 

Ladies, we have many unique and wonderful qualities that I look forward to discussing. We also have many innate qualities that will be difficult to discuss. 

I know not one woman who has always, naturally embodied honor. Nor do I know many who truly understand the definition. We presume it is subjective, relative, and circumstantial. This doesn't even make sense to a man. It may be the hardest thing a man can express verbally to you. As difficult as explaining the pain of childbirth, is the ability for a man to explain honor. It is of such value to them that they will even be put off and discouraged to even have to define it. Many believe wrongly that women understand it or even have it as a trait within them. 

Here is a challenge I put forth to every woman reading this. Tomorrow, when you go to vote, ask your husband who he is voting for and tell him you would like to bring honor to him by voting for the same candidate. If you are not married, ask your father or your brother and say the same words. If you were unaware of it before, this is a tremendous compliment and show of respect for a man to receive from his wife, daughter, or sister. Take note of his reaction. 

The inspiration for this post came from here: When the pedestal collapses

6 comments:

  1. If you know no women with honor, then clearly, you're hanging out with the wrong people. Just because you don't know them, doesn't mean they don't exist.

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  2. My precise statement was: "I know not one woman who has always, naturally embodied honor." Check your reading comprehension prior to building your straw man, please.

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  3. OK, so if you "know not one woman who has always, naturally embodied honor," then clearly, you're hanging out with the wrong people. Just because you don't know them, doesn't mean they don't exist.

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  4. An unsubstantiated naked assertion made anonymously. Indicative of your own doubt in what you're saying.
    Review this, particularly the last paragraph, if you wish to participate on this blog. Now let me at the truth

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  5. Can I just take issue with the Latin here? I've seen this all over the place on the internet, but 'honestas' doesn't actually connote honour the way we mean it in English today. It's more of a class distinction, in the Latin (and more about reputation) than about a the sense of justice and upright behaviour connoted in English.

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    1. Sure, if pedantry is the mark you'd like to make. Or, you could acknowledge your understanding of the logo widely used among men.

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