ABSTRACT

External concepts of honor function as mortar and bind the individual members of a group together into a social singularity. The processes of honor corporatize individual wills as if they were Buchlerian procepts that form the group’s proceptive direction.3 It is a fallacy to believe that the incorporation of all members’ wills results in an equal or fair distribution of each member’s needs and wants into the direction that the group takes. Honor produces social hierarchy in which some members count more than others. Some individuals do not count in certain social systems; they either hold no social value or their value is so diminished that they no longer achieve and receive personhood, and eff ectively do not exist. An individual who does not count as a person, who is denied human dignity, is being socially annihilated and lives under existential siege.4