A man earns the respect of his peers by:
- Keeping his word (“He’s a man of his word”)
- Telling the truth
- Sacrificing for a worthy cause (“all gave some, some gave all”)
- Being plainspoken and straightforward (“say what you mean, and mean what you say”)
- Solving problems rationally (“A > B, B > C, therefore A > C”)
These are but a few of the indicators that one is a man of integrity. Men of honor are simple, what you see is what you get.
When we meet a man who does not fit these parameters, we refer to him as dishonorable, undeserving of respect, shady, dodgy, or a host of other expressions of contempt.
While misdirection has its place among the behaviors in which a man of honor engages, it is (or should be) strictly limited to acts of war.