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The definition of '''honor''' varied widely between cultures, as did the importance placed upon it. Honor was normally synonymous with dignity and refered to the upholding of one's values. The [[Klingon]]s were notorious for the emphasis they place on honor.
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{{disambiguation|the ''Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers'' eBook|Honor (eBook)}}
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The definition of '''honor''' varied widely between [[culture]]s, as did the importance placed upon it. Honor was normally synonymous with dignity and referred to the upholding of one's values. The [[Klingon]]s were notorious for the emphasis they placed on honor.
   
This may have been a more abstract way of viewing honor. But, as notions of honor were often very subjective, putting emphasis on clear objects (i.e. victory) made the Klingon able to deduce the honorable conduct (i.e. meanings used to achieve victory).
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This may have been a more abstract way of viewing honor. But, as notions of honor were often very subjective, putting emphasis on clear objects (i.e., victory) made the Klingons able to deduce the honorable conduct (i.e., means used to achieve victory).
   
==Klingon honor==
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The {{dis|Tosk|species}} had a high belief in their honor, preventing them from breaking their [[oath of silence]] and accept a possibility such as [[political asylum]]. ({{DS9|Captive Pursuit}})
Honor was one of the most important components of [[Klingon philosophy]]. However, it was significantly different from most other cultures' definition of the word. For example, [[Worf]] once said that "''Nothing is more honorable than victory''". From that point of view, stabbing an adversary in the back or using a cloaked ship could be seen as honorable if this was a way of achieving victory. ([[DS9]]: "[[Rules of Engagement]]")
 
   
The notion of honor seemed to be highly relative and open to debate. Each and every Klingon could possibly have his own interpretation of what consisted of an honorable means to achieve an end. Even more, some decisions were parodoxal because two different view of honor were in contradiction. For instance, Worf indicated that it was necessary to challenge [[Gowron]]'s leadership (for he's presumably acting in a dishonorable way) while [[General]] [[Martok]] was convinced that it was dishonorable to challenge the leader of the [[Klingon Empire|Empire]] in the middle of a war. ([[DS9]]: "[[Tacking Into the Wind]]")
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Although [[Vulcan]]s suppressed [[emotion]]s, they nevertheless had a sense of honor. ({{ENT|The Andorian Incident}}) In [[2152]], [[T'Pol]], explaining to {{dis|Captain|rank}} why she was sent by the [[Vulcan High Command]] to capture a criminal who escaped her during her time as an [[agent]] with the [[Ministry of Security]], stated that they considered it a matter of honor. Archer found this to be a very Vulcan attitude. ({{ENT|The Seventh}})
   
Hence, dishonor is sometimes a concept which compels Klingons to action.
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== Klingon honor ==
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Honor was one of the most important components of [[Klingon philosophy]], as their social order depended on an inviolable honor-[[shame]] dynamic . However, it was significantly different from most other cultures' definition of the word. For example, [[Worf]] once said, "''Nothing is more honorable than victory.''" From this point of view, using a [[cloak]]ed [[ship]] to ambush enemies could be considered honorable if it achieved victory. ({{DS9|The Way of the Warrior}}; {{DIS|The Vulcan Hello}})
   
Also, another important component of Klingon honor seemed to be simplicity. For example, it was seen as more honorable to destroy a [[starship|ship]] than to conquer a [[planet]], to kill an adversary with a [[bat'leth]] than with a [[disruptor]], etc.
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The notion of honor seemed to be highly relative and open to debate. Each and every Klingon could possibly have his own interpretation of what consisted of an honorable means to achieve an end. Even more, some decisions were [[paradox]]ical because two different views of honor were in contradiction. For instance, Worf indicated that it was necessary to challenge [[Gowron]]'s leadership (because he was presumably acting in a dishonorable way), while [[General]] [[Martok]] was convinced that it was dishonorable to challenge the leader of the [[Klingon Empire]] in the middle of a [[war]]. In another case, while [[Doctor]] [[Antaak]]'s deception in claiming to have stabilized [[Augment]] [[DNA]], allowing the creation of Klingon Augments, when he and [[Phlox]] had merely cured the [[Klingon augment virus|augment virus]] might be seen by some as dishonorable, Antaak himself believed that, given the millions of lives this cure would save, his near-certain [[execution]], if caught, would be as honorable a [[death]] as a doctor could have. ({{DS9|Tacking Into the Wind}}; {{ENT|Divergence}}) Hence, dishonor was sometimes a concept which compelled Klingons to action.
   
In that sense, it was also more honorable to be defeated in hand to hand combat than be discovered plotting with [[Romulan]]s.
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Out of all [[race]]s the Klingons had encountered, the [[Romulan]]s were widely considered by them to be the most dishonorable; Worf especially [[hate]]d them and considered them dishonorable due to an attack they had committed on [[Khitomer]] and the death of [[Mogh|his father]]. However, he later admitted that they were capable of fighting with honor, when they assisted the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-E|-E}} in defeating [[Shinzon]]'s ship, the ''[[Scimitar]]''. ({{TNG|The Neutral Zone}}; {{film|10}}) Klingon opinion on the [[Federation]] was widely variable and changed with [[time]], though they were deeply impressed by the sacrifice made by the [[crew]] of the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701-C|-C}}, which was destroyed when attempting to defend a Klingon [[outpost]] at [[Narendra III]]. ({{TNG|Yesterday's Enterprise}}) When tensions reached a high in [[2372]], Gowron claimed that the Federation did not care for honor, though his opinion changed [[2373|the following year]] when [[Benjamin Sisko]]'s team infiltrated [[Ty'Gokor]] to [[assassination|assassinate]] {{dis|Martok|Changeling|a Changeling}} at very high personal risk, leading to a [[ceasefire]] between the two sides. ({{DS9|The Way of the Warrior|Apocalypse Rising}})
   
It is to be noted, however, that achieving victory by economics means (as done by Quark) is still seen as honorable, yet many Klingons were reluctant to partake in such actions. ([[DS9]]: "[[The House of Quark]]")
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Other races considered dishonorable, by at least some Klingons, include the [[Breen]], ({{DS9|'Til Death Do Us Part}}) the [[Ferengi]], ({{DS9|The House of Quark}}) and the [[Jem'Hadar]]. ({{DS9|Soldiers of the Empire}}) On the other hand, the Jem'Hadar did understand the concept of honor, with some even respecting it. The [[Vorta]], however, considered it barbaric. ({{DS9|By Inferno's Light}}) In contrast, the Klingon [[soldier]] [[Leskit]] claimed to respect the [[Cardassian]]s as he felt they fought for their people and followed a code, "just like we do." ({{DS9|Soldiers of the Empire}})
   
This, however, does not addressing the difference between 'Honor' and 'honorable'.
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Despite honor being a huge part of Klingon culture and society, there have been known cases of Klingons acting dishonorably. [[D'Ghor]] sought to take over the [[House of Kozak]] but did so by attacking the House's [[money|financial]] assets, as he did not wish to destroy it through openly challenging it; [[Grilka]] was openly disgusted by the very idea of this, and Gowron later [[discommendation|discommended]] him for his actions. ({{DS9|The House of Quark}}) While explaining the hierarchy on Klingon ships, [[Jadzia Dax]] mentioned that cowardice was among the conditions under which a subordinate could challenge a superior; [[Miles O'Brien]] was surprised at the very idea of Klingons showing cowardice, though Dax stated, "''It's been known to happen.''" ({{DS9|Soldiers of the Empire}})
Honor is a code of conduct of an individual Klingon, and honorable is the action that can be taken to achieve the honor that accrues to the individual; so each action and achievement is based upon the individual.
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== See also ==
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* [[Code of honor]]
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== External link ==
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* {{wikipedia}}
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Revision as of 15:22, October 8, 2019

For the Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers eBook, please see Honor (eBook).

The definition of honor varied widely between cultures, as did the importance placed upon it. Honor was normally synonymous with dignity and referred to the upholding of one's values. The Klingons were notorious for the emphasis they placed on honor.

This may have been a more abstract way of viewing honor. But, as notions of honor were often very subjective, putting emphasis on clear objects (i.e., victory) made the Klingons able to deduce the honorable conduct (i.e., means used to achieve victory).

The Tosk had a high belief in their honor, preventing them from breaking their oath of silence and accept a possibility such as political asylum. (DS9: "Captive Pursuit")

Although Vulcans suppressed emotions, they nevertheless had a sense of honor. (ENT: "The Andorian Incident") In 2152, T'Pol, explaining to Captain why she was sent by the Vulcan High Command to capture a criminal who escaped her during her time as an agent with the Ministry of Security, stated that they considered it a matter of honor. Archer found this to be a very Vulcan attitude. (ENT: "The Seventh")

Klingon honor

Honor was one of the most important components of Klingon philosophy, as their social order depended on an inviolable honor-shame dynamic . However, it was significantly different from most other cultures' definition of the word. For example, Worf once said, "Nothing is more honorable than victory." From this point of view, using a cloaked ship to ambush enemies could be considered honorable if it achieved victory. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior"; DIS: "The Vulcan Hello")

The notion of honor seemed to be highly relative and open to debate. Each and every Klingon could possibly have his own interpretation of what consisted of an honorable means to achieve an end. Even more, some decisions were paradoxical because two different views of honor were in contradiction. For instance, Worf indicated that it was necessary to challenge Gowron's leadership (because he was presumably acting in a dishonorable way), while General Martok was convinced that it was dishonorable to challenge the leader of the Klingon Empire in the middle of a war. In another case, while Doctor Antaak's deception in claiming to have stabilized Augment DNA, allowing the creation of Klingon Augments, when he and Phlox had merely cured the augment virus might be seen by some as dishonorable, Antaak himself believed that, given the millions of lives this cure would save, his near-certain execution, if caught, would be as honorable a death as a doctor could have. (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind"; ENT: "Divergence") Hence, dishonor was sometimes a concept which compelled Klingons to action.

Out of all races the Klingons had encountered, the Romulans were widely considered by them to be the most dishonorable; Worf especially hated them and considered them dishonorable due to an attack they had committed on Khitomer and the death of his father. However, he later admitted that they were capable of fighting with honor, when they assisted the USS Enterprise-E in defeating Shinzon's ship, the Scimitar. (TNG: "The Neutral Zone"; Star Trek Nemesis) Klingon opinion on the Federation was widely variable and changed with time, though they were deeply impressed by the sacrifice made by the crew of the USS Enterprise-C, which was destroyed when attempting to defend a Klingon outpost at Narendra III. (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise") When tensions reached a high in 2372, Gowron claimed that the Federation did not care for honor, though his opinion changed the following year when Benjamin Sisko's team infiltrated Ty'Gokor to assassinate a Changeling at very high personal risk, leading to a ceasefire between the two sides. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior", "Apocalypse Rising")

Other races considered dishonorable, by at least some Klingons, include the Breen, (DS9: "'Til Death Do Us Part") the Ferengi, (DS9: "The House of Quark") and the Jem'Hadar. (DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire") On the other hand, the Jem'Hadar did understand the concept of honor, with some even respecting it. The Vorta, however, considered it barbaric. (DS9: "By Inferno's Light") In contrast, the Klingon soldier Leskit claimed to respect the Cardassians as he felt they fought for their people and followed a code, "just like we do." (DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire")

Despite honor being a huge part of Klingon culture and society, there have been known cases of Klingons acting dishonorably. D'Ghor sought to take over the House of Kozak but did so by attacking the House's financial assets, as he did not wish to destroy it through openly challenging it; Grilka was openly disgusted by the very idea of this, and Gowron later discommended him for his actions. (DS9: "The House of Quark") While explaining the hierarchy on Klingon ships, Jadzia Dax mentioned that cowardice was among the conditions under which a subordinate could challenge a superior; Miles O'Brien was surprised at the very idea of Klingons showing cowardice, though Dax stated, "It's been known to happen." (DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire")

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