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Kwame Anthony Appiah – The Honor Code (2010)

There are important differences between dignity, understood this way, and other forms of honor; but the two have something important in common. If you fail to act in a way consistent with your dignity, people will rightly cease to respect you. You do not have to earn your human dignity–you do not have to do anything special to get it. But if you fail to live up to your humanity, you can lose it.

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