Old Geezers Out to Lunch

Old Geezers Out to Lunch
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

What Does Honor Mean for Geezers?

Over at The Art of Manliness, Brett has been writing a fascinating series of articles on the subject of manly honor. You can read it here.

It's striking to recognize the degree to which the Geezers of these pages practice a life of manly honor (here at Old Geezers Out to Lunch, we are nothing if not confidently aware of our virtue) , but there is still much in Brett's articles for men of all ages and predispositions to reflect on.

So here are some open-ended question for the Geezers Emeritus, as well as anyone on our mailing list and everyone who stumbles into Old Geezers Out to Lunch. Please do add your responses and observations in the comment feature at the bottom of the page.  This post will stay active so long as the conversation chain evolves.

In this time and this place, what does it mean to live with honor? If you are a geezer, how do you define it for yourself?  If you know a geezer, how do you observe honor manifesting?  Does honor mean the same today as it did 'back in the day'? Or is is it less relevant in today's world? Is there anything unique about the oft-discussed "male honor"?


  1. Yes, there is still honor around. But the concept of much of it has changed, I believe. Now it seems to mean "gimme my guns and I'll show you who's honorable!" I think that's sad.

    1. Thanks for the observation.

      Perhaps a place to start is by a definition of "honor." In my own mind, I think of honor as that capacity for choosing a code of conduct for living, then having the moral fiber necessary to comply with that code, despite the potential for personal detriment. LIving according to principles, in other words, not for personal gain.

      For me, I agree with Hemmingway's view that a good man is the one that shows grace and dignity under pressure-filled circumstances.

      I'm honestly not sure if there's less honor in the world today, or if it merely seems like it to my geezer eyes. But is surely does seem like politicians are less honorable today. When was the last time you really respected a political leader.