I’ve known some honorable people in my life, but not as many as one might think.
Many people have some honor, but not many have great honor.
When an honorable person speaks, they speak the truth, even when what they say is not popular. They do this while trying to be kind.
An honorable person is also loyal, even when they are tempted by money or other types of personal rewards, to be disloyal. Honor trumps dishonesty.
An honorable person has empathy for others, even if they are an opponent, or someone with whom they have little in common. No one with true honor thinks that anyone is beneath them because of any physical, cultural, financial, or religious differences.
A person with honor will give of themselves or their resources with no expectations of receiving anything in return. Many times they give anonymously.
An honorable person will stand up for what they think is right, but will listen openly to the opinions of others, and may be convinced to change their mind, if enough good evidence is presented. Being honorable does not mean being intractable.
A truly honorable person will be able to forgive others for almost anything, while seeking forgiveness when they have wronged others. Being strong does not preclude forgiveness or contrition.
It has been said that the “knights of old” were the most honorable of men.
While there are still “knights” of honor in our day and age, they are few and far between, and getting even more rare with every passing day.