When a nation of people honor one another, it creates an atmosphere of peace and civil rest. Honor does not depend on our agreement on a particular issue or cloning each others opinions. Rather, it is based on common values such as the value of human life. I may disagree with you as a fellow citizen, but I don’t pick up arms to silence your opinions or cause. In other words, I give honor to you by giving you space to express yourself without the repercussions of physical harm or defamation of character. When we recognize a person’s existence as being evidence that our generation needs something their life contains; then civility becomes the thoroughfare we travel in our relationships.
Honor is to be a two-way street to be effective. A person needs to honor the one wearing a badge by submitting to their state given authority. The individual wearing the badge needs to honor the one they are arresting by esteeming their life as valuable, and not going beyond proper protective measures. When this two-street of honor is active, then peace reigns on the streets of a nation. This means we must take individual responsibility to insure corporate harmony. Order then is restored and humanity can function as it was created to perform.
Honor is powerful enough to dissolves hatred and replace it with love that perpetuates valuing others more than oneself. When we treat others the way we want to be treated – differences of opinions, dogmas, and purposes, give way to meaningful dialogue that becomes fruitful instead of building walls and chasms separating us. Let’s build bridges not walls!
“Treat Others The Way You Want To Be Treated”
– Dr. Reuben Egolf