Honor In Modern America Analysis

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Honor In Modern America In today’s world, honor is being demonstrated or acknowledged when young boys and men play video games such as Medal of Honor. While playing that game, or games that are similar, the men are experiencing what it would really be like to feel or obtain honor and all that comes with it. Honor is not being portrayed in the world the way it should be. Society is often changing the meaning of honor. Even though honor is represented differently in other cultures, it is being shown differently than it used to, people do not realize that is has changed so much, and cultural concepts have affected its true meaning. Honor is shown differently; it depends on the type of person and the choices they make. Many people can argue …show more content…
Punn uses information in his piece from Bowman, a writer and scholar, whose work is repeatedly used throughout the text, and says, “We are living in what Mr. Bowman calls ‘a post-honor society,’ one in which we lack ‘an honor culture’ - that is, we have no ‘society-wide’ notion of honor against which the honorability of a given person can be measured” (Punn). In short, Bowman presents us with the idea that we are no longer representing honor the way we should. This means the word itself is lacking the meaning it was first given, and doesn’t have the same effect. Kee, a writer at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary who studies Theology, Ethics, and Apologetics, writes, ”We must be joyful that while on the wane, honor is not now, nor ever will it be, dead as long as there are those who desire to live lives of honor” (Kee). Kee puts the idea into people 's minds that they should focus on the importance of honor and have the eagerness to keep it. If that fails, then society is left with another, less important interpretation of honor. Obtaining honor is a privilege and everyone wants to have that …show more content…
Mark Magnier, a writer for the Los Angeles Times, says, “Respect for parents and clan elders has been a cornerstone of Chinese culture for thousands of years, part of a defining social contract in which parents cared for their children while they were young and children supported their parents in their dotage” (Magnier). In short, the parents and elders are respected by their children. This means the Chinese culture shows respect to those in charge. However, in America we view honor differently, but there are similarities. In the article, “The Art of Manliness,” the author states, “A code of honor lays out the standards that must be reached in order for a person to receive respect within a group. These rules outline what it takes to obtain honor (or respect), and how it may be lost” (“The Art of Manliness”). This means that the American culture also shows respect for one another. The Chinese culture shows respect to their authority figures; the American culture shows respect to a person to show others that they are honorable. Honor is a confusing, complex topic, and allows all sorts of alterations to its

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