With recent conversation on this august forum having drawn much attention to the State Caldari concept of honour and how those bound by it apply it to their interactions with others, I am curious to hear from others how honour, or if there is any other similar code of conduct or ethos, guides others here on the Summit. If you are comfortable and willing to share, I ask of you: what does honour mean to you. What are the customs and demands attached to it in your society? I would appreciate all your replies in the interests of furthering understanding of others in this shared cluster of ours.
The society in which I currently am part of, the Northern Colonial Commonwealth, has several notions of ‘honour’. Although it is not as rigidly enforced for the most part throughout the nation as say, the State’s interpretation, for the inhabitants of the Commonwealth and especially for those that have ancestry from the Caldari and Gallente homeworlds, it is encouraged to abide by social customs regarding treatment of others within their society as well as in one’s own personal conduct. Additionally, Commonwealth citizens are also obliged to treat foreigners within the same parameters of this code, keeping in spirit with the Federation’s emphasis on equal treatment of all within its borders.
Personally, I still subscribe to the virtues that were instilled into me as a young cadet of my Line by my family as well as incorporating the ethos espoused by the Federation in its core founding documents. For the most part, I have found kindred spirits amongst the Commonwealth’s citizens. Honesty, integrity and a commitment to serving others is just as important for them as it is for the Federation. Some aspects of the code I was taught however, such as rigid obedience to orders no matter what, I have found to be increasingly incompatible with others that would directly conflict if an order gave by a superior officer or official clashed with principle or virtue. I would even go as far to say I would refuse such orders if they were insisted upon, as any individual in Federal Service would and should.
I would stress that the query is open to all to answer. I shall not directly criticise responses on this thread (although I may certainly disagree with your interpretation and virtues) and would ask if any have disagreements to take it to an Off Topic or another thread.