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Across cultures and time, honor and manliness have been inextricably tied together.
If we take a cursory look at history, honor pops up over and over again as a central theme in literature and life. The epic poems of Homer are primarily about honor and man’s quest to achieve and maintain it. If you read Shakespeare’s plays with a close eye, you’ll find that honor and manhood take center stage as reoccurring themes.
But what exactly is honor?
We throw the word around quite a bit and give it lots of lip service, but if you were to ask someone, “What is honor?” you’ll likely be answered with furrowed brows and head scratches.
We think we know what it is, but often find it difficult to articulate when pressed. If you’re lucky enough to get an answer out of someone, they’ll likely say that honor means being true to a set of personal ideals, or being a man of integrity.
This is why defending one’s honor, or reputation, was (in many cases) a matter of success and ruin, life and death, for our manly ancestors. Even as late as 19th century America, maintaining your honor was essential to getting a good job as a lawyer or politician, and moving into good society.
The Burr–Hamilton duel currently featured in Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, was a trivial fight between prominent American politicians Aaron Burr, the sitting Vice President of the United States, and Alexander Hamilton, the former Secretary of the Treasury.