Why is the word “honor” now tied to people (and their behaviors) that it doesn’t fit?
Why is being a cop or a military pawn now conflated with “honor” when the concept so obviously doesn’t apply?
Neither “job” is any indication of
honesty, fairness, or integrity in one’s beliefs and actions: a source of credit or distinction: high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: such respect manifested: high public esteem; fame; glory (source)
good name or public esteem: reputation: a showing of usually merited respect: recognition: : privilege: a person of superior standing: one whose worth brings respect or fame (source).
So why use the word “honor” when referring to those people who embody the opposite qualities?
Real honor is a virtue. But you can’t be an honorable archator.
I think one should honor truck drivers who bring goods to market. They provide a great service because of their service one can find goods that they want and need on store shelves.
Absolutely! And good waiters and cashiers. Those people really don’t get enough respect. Anyone who does a good job at providing a necessary (or desired) service, without compulsion, has honor and should be honored. Cops… not so much.