To elevate estimating into a value itself yields nothing but a nullity, or just shame and its negation. To raise a wood, stone or steel totem and notch or file the names & deeds of sacrifice past idolizes vacancy. Yet how not to be dazzled by causes, prophets and leaders who invoke injustice to “sanctify” revenge? Could honor be a secret gentility, quiet modesty, radiant politeness? Simply to keep one’s word, think clearly, care and refuse to replace honesty with pride? Could we wake to a horizon wider for lack of flags, statues or markers, borders to exile, towers to outcast – to join with any soul under the shadow of exclusion to greet the sun?


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