While we often struggle to make ends meet, most of us forget the priority in our life. I’m not saying that I am being objective or judgemental or perfect, but sometimes there is part of me that was thinking, deeply, that money is important in order to survive yet having honor is also required in order to be able to live in this world.
Before we go further on this topic, let’s take a brief look at the meaning of these two (2) terms which I picked from the Dictionary installed in my Macbook.
- [mass noun] high respect; great esteem: his portrait hangs in the place of honour.
- [in singular] a person or thing that brings esteem: you are an honour to our profession.
- (His, Your, etc. Honour) a title of respect or form of address given to a circuit judge, a US mayor, and (in Irish or rustic speech) any person of rank.
- The quality of knowing and doing what is morally right.
- a current medium of exchange in the form of coins and banknotes; coins and banknotes collectively.
- (moneys or monies) formal sums of money: a statement of all moneys paid into and out of the account.
- the assets, property, and resources owned by someone or something; wealth.
- financial gain.
- payment for work; wages.
Both honor and money are tend to be very subjective, it depends on our perspective and how we set out our priority. As for my opinion, both honor and money are equally important. My reasons? Money is important as part of the ‘barter’ system to buy our needs such as foods, clothes, and home. Life can be really hard when we have no money. In fact, it can really hard to survive especially when one has a child, and has no money in hands to feed the child. I don’t mind having to starve for the sake of my child because a child does not know anything including hardships. I was taught by my parents that I have to set my priority straight, money may become handy but I should never let money controls my life – I should control money. I agree that money can buy me everything and bring me to anywhere around the globe. I also agree that even a good health requires money. For some people, money can buy happiness, the things that they want, the branded handbags, make-up tools, and so on. Money can buy people but what money cannot buy is the pride, honor, time, God, and love.
Having a honor in life does not only leave a legacy but also help us in the long-term. An honorable reputation will keep us afloat despite of hardships. People would never hesitate to lend a hand when you are facing difficulties. Moreover, I remember my late grandpa said to me that a child has to bring honor to the family, not shower the family with money. Yes. Money can bring more friends and happiness, but that would never last forever. Having an honor and bring the honor to the family, on the other side, gives us more happiness and love. As states in 10 Commandments in the Exodus 20:12, ‘Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.’. I am sure this has also been mentioned in the Holy Quran. 🙂 Every religion has something to say about both money and honor.
Power without honor is corruption.
Money without honor is theft.
Legacy without honor is exploitation.
Ethics without honor are excuses.
Values without honor are justifications.
In conclusion, I’d rather have both money and honor. I am the one who should control both of them. I don’t want to die alone with money, and I don’t want to live alone having all the honors that I am looking for. I’d rather live with love and surrounded by the people that I love, and the people that love me. If this blog still ‘alive’ until my last breathe, then, this is what my children and grandchildren should read and practise. 🙂