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The definition of '''honor''' varies widely between cultures, as does the importance (or lack thereof) placed upon it. Honor is normally synonymous with dignity and refers to the upholding of one's values. The [[Klingon]]s are notorious for the emphasis they place on honor.
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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.
   
This may be a more abstract way of viewing honor. But, as notions of honor are often very subjective, putting emphasis on clear objects (i.e. victory) makes the Klingon able to deduce the honorable conduct (i.e. meanings used to achieve victory).
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This may be a more abstract way of viewing honor. But, as notions of honor are 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).
   
 
==Klingon honor==
 
==Klingon honor==
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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]]")
   
Honor is one of the most important components of [[Klingon philosophy]]. However, it is 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 is a way of achieving victory. ([[DS9]]: "[[Rules of Engagement]]")
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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 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]]")
 
The notion of honor seems to be highly relative and open to debate. Each and every Klingon could possibly have his own interpretation of what consists an honorable mean to achieve an end. Even more, some decisions are parodoxal because two different view of honor are in contradiction. For instance, in the DS9 episode [[Tacking Into the Wind]] Lt. Cmd Worf indicates that it is necessary to challenge Gowron's leadership (for he's presumably acting in a dishonorable way) while Gen. Martok is convinced that it is dishonorable to challenge the leader of the Empire in the middle of a war.
 
   
 
Hence, dishonor is sometimes a concept which compels Klingons to action.
 
Hence, dishonor is sometimes a concept which compels Klingons to action.
   
Also, another important composant of Klingon honor seems to be simplicity. For example, it is seen as more honorable to destroy a ship than to conquer a planet, to kill an adversary with a [[bat'leth]] than with a [[disruptor]], etc.
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Also, another important componant 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.
   
In that sense, it is also more honorable to be defeated in hand to hand combat than beeing discovered plotting with the [[Romulan]]s.
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In that sense, it was also more honorable to be defeated in hand to hand combat than be discovered plotting with [[Romulan]]s.
   
It is to be noted, however, that achieving victory by economics means (as done by Quark in [[The House of Quark]]) is still seen as honorable, yet some Klingons are reluctant to such actions.
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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]]")
   
This is not addressing the differance between 'Honor' and 'honorable',
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This, however, does not addressing the difference between 'Honor' and 'honorable'.
Honor is a code of conduct of an individual klingon, and honorable is the action that can be taken to achieve the honor that accures to the individual; so each action and achievement is based upon the individual.
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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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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 Klingons were notorious for the emphasis they place on honor.

This may be a more abstract way of viewing honor. But, as notions of honor are 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).

Klingon honor

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 Empire in the middle of a war. (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind")

Hence, dishonor is sometimes a concept which compels Klingons to action.

Also, another important componant of Klingon honor seemed to be simplicity. For example, it was seen as more honorable to destroy a ship than to conquer a planet, to kill an adversary with a bat'leth than with a disruptor, etc.

In that sense, it was also more honorable to be defeated in hand to hand combat than be discovered plotting with Romulans.

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")

This, however, does not addressing the difference between 'Honor' and 'honorable'. 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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