CODE OF HONOR
The Code of Honor contains 15 tenets that we strive to live by. It is intended to reflect some basic core values that all the men can rally behind, support and use as a benchmark for the ways of being we can expect from one another.
- 1. Commitment Before Ego
- 2. Honor the Truth
- 3. Respect Confidentiality
- 4. Keep Your Word
- 5. Be a Three Dimensional Man
- 6. Be Prepared
- 7. Defend Humanity
- 8. Always be Faithful to the Men
- 9. Defend the Code
- 10. Never Engage in Battles with Weaker Opponents
- 11. Fight only Honorable Battles
- 12. Earn and Honor Rank
- 13. Be Humble
- 14. Embrace all Men
- 15. Be an Example to Children
FIGHT ONLY HONORABLE BATTLES
The wood representing this tenet is Laurel Bay – The leaves of the laurel tree were used to make the laurel wreaths that the Romans used to decorate their men of honor. Upon returning from great conquests, warriors were sent off to rest in their laurels and to take in the gifts of gratitude bestowed upon them from a thankful community.
The symbol that reflects this tenet is s Spear and shield. These symbols of hand-to-hand combat reflect the purest form of combat. Hand-to-hand combat is considered the most honorable way to engage in battle because it requires combatants to come face-to-face and to depend on their individual skill and resolve rather than the quality or power of synthetic weapons. Often the victor in hand-to-hand combat is the man who wants it the most. The man who, in his heart, believes he has the most to fight for. Whose battle is the most honorable
For many, the definition of battle is an armed engagement, a war. But a lesser definition defines battle as a conflict, a struggle. For example the conflicts and struggles we fight everyday with the demons and fears that lurk deep inside each of us. Self-doubt, shame, anger. Taking on these emotions are the honorable battles we can fight each and every day. The honor lies in acknowledging these opponents, bringing them into the light and taking them on no matter how ugly it looks. The battle becomes honorable when you turn to other and ask for their help.
Chances are that if you find yourself fighting a battle alone, it is because you are fighting to protect your ego or some personal agenda. By fighting an honorable battle together, we strengthen our relationships and build a foundation for a stronger and healthier community.
In order to live one’s life fighting only honorable battles, one must:
- Understand what there is that’s worth fighting for
- Understand what is not worth fighting for
- Have enough mastery over one’s ego to never fight battles in defense of one’s ego.
Once you are able to place emotion aside, you will find it is much easier to discern whether as battle worth fighting. I often find that the greater challenge is maintaining the discipline to meet an adversary have way.