Heroes actively embody the values of a community, inspiring emulation. Sagehood is the vital maturity which arises at the intersection of choice and challenge.
For sage heroes, honor is the first and last principle. Courtesy flows from honor, and gives it embodiment. Etiquette flows from courtesy, but always accords with honor.
Honor is the life of excellence that impacts others and society for the sake of the good, the true, and the beautiful. An honorable person happens to the world, rather than the world happening to them.
Honor consists of Presence, Intention, and Integrity.
Presence is engaging wholly in the person, moment, and task directly before oneself with everything one has to offer.
Intention is confidently claiming mindful ownership and responsibility of one’s choices in order to master one’s self.
Integrity is courageously and dutifully doing what is right to serve others with dedication at all times.
Courtesy is the self-restraint we use to serve each other and orient the community towards unity despite brokenness. It is an abnegation of the passions in service to edification of the other.
Courtesy consists of Soberness, Modesty, and Sacrifice.
Soberness is the temperance of mighty strength under vigilant control resulting in meekness and gravitas of demeanor.
Modesty is the humble setting aside of the need for attention and self-service, looking first to the healing, edification, and elevation of others.
Sacrifice is the joyous and free giving of life in hospitality to nurture the health and growth of others, creating shared identity.
Etiquette is the ordering of common behavior within community to beautifully ease the path for connection. Niceties couple with discretion to facilitate a focus on the noblest parts of our authentic selves.
Etiquette consists of Beauty, Discretion, and Order.
Beauty is an incarnate encounter which orients the heart towards true virtue, bringing joy and nourishment to the soul.
Discretion is prudent and circumspect behavior, constraining one’s thoughts, words, and deeds to conform to the situation at hand.
Order is the living coordination of diverse roles within a hierarchy such that a healthy flourishing of virtuous life results.