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Zero To Hero Day 16: Writing Prompt

January 17, 2014


Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt.

Daily Prompt: Blogger Of Repute
Do you have a reputation? What is it, and where did it come from? Is it accurate? What do you think about it?

What is reputation? According to Reader’s Digest Oxford Complete Wordfinder it is:

Reputation: noun

  • 1. what is generally said or believed about a person’s or thing’s character or standing (has a reputatiuon for dishonesty).
  • 2. the state of being well thought of; distinction; respectability (have my reputation to think of).
  • 3. (foll. by of, for + verbal noun) credit or discredit (has the reputation of driving hard bargins).
    • 1. name
    • 2. repute, name, standing, stature, position, status.
    • 3. Honor, Discredit


Who decides what is respectable? Does it lie in the judgements and values of others or of yourself? Which voice should you follow? 200 years ago it was scandalous for a woman to show her ankles, for a man to bare his chest, for an unmarried woman to take a lover, or for same sex couples to exist. Now bikinis, minidresses, speedos, and shorts are common sights. Unmarried couples of every sexual orientation live together openly. Respectability changes as the customs and mores of a society does. 200 in the future what will be respectable? Going naked? Having hardware installed into your body? Teleporting to work? Who knows?

Everyone must face the choice between being true to yourself or living by the accepted standards of your time. I am just glad to be alive in a time and place where you have a certain degree of freedom. I follow the majority of the social conventions because I agree with most of them. But there are places where I draw the line.  I am the one who must live with with my decisions and their consequences. For myself, I think that true respectability exists in not deliberately hurting others except in the defense of your own life.
In response to Daily Prompt: Blogger of Repute and Zero To Hero. Emily


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