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Have you ever noticed that honor is a rare thing nowadays? I've been told a lot of things about my sence of honor, including that it's outdated (500 years outdated), too hard for anyone to hold to, utterly rediculous. But at the same time, I have a lot of people who envy how well I hold to it. (I'm not perfect, but I never claimed to be) But what I have found is the hardest part about having a very strict honor code is dealing with people who appear to have no honor code at all. I've never been great at dealing with liars (especially considering I can feel lies roll over my skin) but there have been many times recently when people without honor have made me a liar, even if I didn't know it at the time.

I would love to know if anyone has any suggestions for dealing with this problem, as it hurts to know I've violated my code, but I refuse to give it up, it's all I really have (aside from my family, of course).

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Comment by Skallagrimsson on September 6, 2008 at 9:41am
Honor is pretty much dead except in the hearts of those who still cherish its value. It is unfortunate that such a precious concept has become tossed away like garbage but that is the state of affairs in the modern 21st century world. The task falls to people like you and me to work that much harder - because hard work it can be - to pick up the remains of honor and keep it alive for a word that has all but forgotten it.

Suggestions? Wish I had a magic wand to make it work. I suspect the answer is different for all of us. I suspect the code has the answer there:

Prowess: To seek excellence in all endeavors expected of a knight, martial and otherwise, seeking strength to be used in the service of justice, rather than in personal aggrandizement.

Justice: Seek always the path of 'right', unencumbered by bias or personal interest. Recognize that the sword of justice can be a terrible thing, so it must be tempered by humanity and mercy. If the 'right' you see rings agrees with others, and you seek it out without bending to the temptation for expediency, then you will earn renown beyond measure.

Loyalty: Be known for unwavering commitment to the people and ideals you choose to live by. There are many places where compromise is expected; loyalty is not amongst them.

Defense: The ideal knight was sworn by oath to defend his liege lord and those who depended upon him. Seek always to defend your nation, your family, and those to whom you believe worthy of loyalty.

Courage: Being a knight often means choosing the more difficult path, the personally expensive one. Be prepared to make personal sacrifices in service of the precepts and people you value. At the same time, a knight should seek wisdom to see that stupidity and courage are cousins. Courage also means taking the side of truth in all matters, rather than seeking the expedient lie. Seek the truth whenever possible, but remember to temper justice with mercy, or the pure truth can bring grief.

Faith: A knight must have faith in his beliefs, for faith roots him and gives hope against the despair that human failings create.

Humility: Value first the contributions of others; do not boast of your own accomplishments, let others do this for you. Tell the deeds of others before your own, according them the renown rightfully earned through virtuous deeds. In this way the office of knighthood is well done and glorified, helping not only the gentle spoken of but also all who call themselves knights.

Largesse: Be generous in so far as your resources allow; largesse used in this way counters gluttony. It also makes the path of mercy easier to discern when a difficult decision of justice is required.

Nobility: Seek great stature of character by holding to the virtues and duties of a knight, realizing that though the ideals cannot be reached, the quality of striving towards them ennobles the spirit, growing the character from dust towards the heavens. Nobility also has the tendency to influence others, offering a compelling example of what can be done in the service of rightness.

Franchise: Seek to emulate everything I have spoken of as sincerely as possible, not for the reason of personal gain but because it is right. Do not restrict your exploration to a small world, but seek to infuse every aspect of your life with these qualities. Should you succeed in even a tiny measure then you will be well remembered for your quality and virtue.

From A Code of Chivalry.
Comment by Michael on September 6, 2008 at 10:59am
Well spoke, Sir. I thank you.

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