Recent events had me thinking about two very rarely exhibited characteristics of human nature: Loyalty and honor.

While I fully grasped the meaning of the loyalty – which is fundamentally commitment, the latter characteristic seems to elude my understanding.

Even though we all know it is a favorable trait, what does it mean to be honorable?

To honor your word is to keep to it.
To honor your parents is to respect them.
To uphold your honor is to have some healthy amount of pride.
To keep your honor is to prevent your enemy from humiliating you.

What exactly is this honor?

While I have always been in love with the concept of it, I’m not completely sure what it is; I always hold a person who exhibits either of these two traits with high regard.