About the Honor Blog

This blog has been created for the purpose of exploring controversial moral problems, using the concepts explored in The Book of Honor as a foundation. Since it seeks to tackle difficult problems, readers should approach it with serious minds and should expect to have their prejudices challenged. However, an element which is central to The Book of Honor is that there are things upon which all normal humans will agree. This blog seeks out those things - it focuses on areas of agreement, rather than disagreement, so that the discussion can remain positive even in the face of serious disagreements.

The Gratiae

One of the most important conclusions reached in The Book of Honor is that acting in a good and moral way means giving value to other persons. The things which represent that value are called the gratiae, and in The Book of Honor, we learn there are three of those things:
Vitality,
Liberty, and
Dignity.

Good actions are those which support human life, which recognize the freedom and dignity of other persons. Immoral, evil actions are those which deprive persons of their lives, deny them their freedom, and/or destroy their dignity.

The Virtues

The purpose of The Book of Honor is to establish a code of conduct, a set of factors which will guide persons toward honorable behavior. Those factors are summarized in the form of seven Virtues:
Wisdom,
Courage,
Compassion,
Discipline,
Industry,
Hope, and
Humility.

These Virtues are used to guide honorable behavior; a person who considers and applies the Virtues when making decisions, when taking action, will serve the gratiae - and act in a good, moral way.

About the Author

Hopefully most of your questions about me are answered by the About page. However, within the context of this blog, I think it also is important for me to point out that:

Inevitably, controversial subjects will touch upon the political arena. There is no way to remove all bias from a discussion - so I believe the best thing I can do is to let you know that I am Catholic, and inclined toward conservatism.

Previous Posts


May 1, 2018: Bill Cosby In The News

Mar 4, 2018: Loyalty

Feb 6, 2018: Omelas In Real Life

Jan 7, 2018: The Honor of Science

Nov 24, 2017: Welcome to the Honor Blog!

The Honor Blog

Today is: May 20, 2018
Post From: May 1, 2018

Bill Cosby In The News

This is a very difficult topic to discuss. Let me start by saying that what Bill Cosby has been convicted of doing is horrible. On the off chance that a reader does not know, Mr. Cosby has been convicted of drugging women and taking advantage of them, sexually, while they were incapacitated. That is a very sick thing to do - those women deserve all of our prayers and concern.

Having said that, though, I cannot help but hurt at Mr. Cosby's conviction. I grew up listening to his comedy - he was/is an incredibly funny man, with an amazing amount of insight into human nature, particularly with regard to parenting. His humor was clean and based on insight, not vicious and bitter and vulgar, the way so much of today's comedy is. I still find myself tempted, two or three times each week, to throw out some crack drawn from a Bill Cosby routine - because his humor is so effective, so eloquent, at communicating his insights.

Again, though, that is painful - because what Mr. Cosby did to those women belies the insight he had to offer, spoils the image he held as "America's Dad".

I hope the depth of that conflict comes through - honestly, I don't have more words to describe it. I am entirely torn between my horror at Mr. Cosby's actions and my wish to evoke his wisdom and insight.

The question which defines my feelings, here, is this: "Is it really possible to separate an artist from his art?"

I think that in this case, we really have to try, because Mr. Cosby really had a lot of rich insight to offer to parents. We are diminished, as a culture, if we lose what he had to offer. On the other hand, it is virtually impossible to look past the devastating reality of what Mr. Cosby has done. As much as I value the insights, they will now be touched with sadness whenever I think of them, because of the pain of the women he has hurt.