an hallucination stimulated by the proximity to local cultural fungi|
Honour is a publicly affirmed attitude of esteem which attempts to reinforce the social ideals of the
local curators of culture.
To the hallucinating believer, honour appears as a lucent aura emanating from the presence or the memory of an individual
who has adhered to a code of conduct congealed by intransigent traditions, conventions and customs.
Special lenses are needed to be able to observe these aura.
It is not possible to appreciate a particular aura unless a special pair of spectacles is worn which has been designed
specifically for that aura's particular attributes.
It is of no use whatsoever, attempting to observe one aura with spectacles that have been designed to observe another.
What one culture promotes as honour, another may treat with scorn.
The ideal of virginity in one time and place may well be subject to derision in another.
The ability to accumulate financial mountains is rewarded in some societies with public accolades and titles, whilst other
groups view such behaviour as an obsessive disorder.
During a war it is honourable to kill the enemy, and so the military agencies charged with promoting the fantasy, distribute
diverse decorations and proliferate statues as a justification of the behaviour.
The 'enemy' however has a quite different perspective.
Nations don't often erect statues honouring their opponents in warfare.
In numerous cultures, the honour aura of individuals must be unequivocally established in an acceptable manner, but unfortunately
it often appears to themselves and others to fade with the passage of time.
In an attempt to either create or re-illuminate their level of esteem, these individuals sometimes choose to subject themselves,
or others, to some sort of endorsed spectacular death.
Various families, clans, gangs and armies promote the honour killing of others as an assured method of inaugurating or
recharging the radiant glow.
Even the perpetrators of terrorism are usually persuaded that their act of suicide and collateral mayhem is a contribution to some
universal cause, and they will forever bask in a cosmic aura of honour and fame.
It normally requires a particularly distorted lens of religious materials to be able to observe the afterglow around the
pieces of distributed body-parts.
The fame associated with the conferring of honour can be pathetically transitory.
The laurel crown of the athlete disintegrates and public memory of the achievement is rapidly
overlayed with innumerable diverse feats of superior merit.
The politician who is deferred to as 'honourable' whilst enjoying a brief window
of power, disappears into obscurity with the voters change of inclination.
Even honours for artistic
achievement or altruistic
endeavours appear to diminish rapidly when they are incorporated into
the lower levels of an honour pyramid,
which provides support and enhancement for the upper pinnacle layers of
law, politics, and business.