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September 26, 2018

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Entry from September 11, 2018

Have you noticed? An awful lot of people lately have taken it upon themselves to pronounce on what is and what is not honorable — and, in many cases, who is and is not competent to pronounce upon the subject. On that point, no one ever thinks he himself lacks such competence, but I’m afraid that that only shows we all do. Lack competence. This is because we can no longer agree upon the meaning of the word. You can tell by the frequency with which it is used to buttress a partisan political point — in effect to call those who disagree with us dishonorable for no better reason than that they disagree with us. Such a thing would itself have been dishonorable in the days when honor was well understood — and understood as that which preserved civic cohesion in spite of political differences. Full Entry


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