With the farm-type summer workload around here to explain the dearth of posts it’s not TOO surprising for me to be linking to J. D. once again.
This time to disagree a bit…
His post Honor is in reference, directly, to Glenn Beck’s event yesterday in DC.
As a disclaimer: I don’t watch or listen to Beck so what I know about him and his position(s) comes from the periphery. Still, I’m not so distant as to ignore an event of the scale we saw yesterday.
Thing is… I don’t see what honor and religion have to do with each other? My personal philosophy doesn’t rise to the level of a ‘religion’. I’m a simple ‘Golden Rule’ type guy.
J. D. noted:
What exactly is honor? Years ago, I wrote the following:
Honor is a code we live by. It encompasses all our values and all that we do. When honor is a value, it means we will do what we say and live by the values we express as ours. It means we live by a code of dignity, integrity and pride. It also means that our personal integrity is maintained without any legal or other obligation. A code of honor is an uncompromising commitment to a way of life. – The Three Meter Zone
I agree 100%, but disagree with the leap he and Beck seem to make: Our “American” code can be wrapped in one predominant phrase. In God we trust.
If we need an external code to define honor do we then also need an external reference to define personal integrity? I think not.
The simple beauty of The Golden Rule is that it is ultimately selfish and internal. It’s not predicated on some external code.