Bailey Kristopher J
In today's society people with the core values of honor, courage, and commitment are becoming few and far between. These three values are what distinguish a person from a crowd. They are what makes a man, a man, and a woman, a woman.
The first value is honor. Honor is a source of credit or distinction, and is inherent to reverence, dignity, reputation, good name, and having a good understanding as to what is and is not morally correct. The key part to honor is having respect for others and for yourself; you must have both because having one without the other is the same thing as having neither. I believe strongly that reputation is difficult to gain and even more so to maintain. In order to keep one’s set level of honor, one must maintain a standard of excellence. It takes only one wrong decison to cause a person to lose their honor.
Nicholas Boileau once wrote: “Honor is like a rugged island without a shore, once you have left it, you cannot return.” Honor is something that is not obtained or sustained readily or without difficulty. One must be a person of patience and must take the time to study and maintain values of integrity and goodwill. It is an everyday thing for a person to be faced with obstacles and hindrances attempting to persuade them from being honorable. Perseverance is key when it comes to honor; one must stand against the constant torrent of impeding obstacles to maintain any level, let along the highest level, of honor. Honor, like the shore of the island, is commonly looked at as being isolated, yet it still has a certain charm about it.
Next you have courage. Courage, also known as bravery, intrepidity, and fortitude, is the ability to to stand up to fear, pain, danger, or intimidation. "Physical courage" is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, or threat of death, while "moral courage" is the courage to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement. To...