In his article, Reasons for honour in a godless society, Malcolm Knox writes:
We live in a pluralistic Australia and a pluralistic globe, in which honour-and-shame communities co-exist with the pragmatic children of the Enlightenment. We see them as barbaric, for the weight they place on honour. They see us as corrupt, with our misplaced faith in a secular, individual, relativistic idea of personal integrity.
The Western world may believe it has shed the ancient codes of honour. But the Western world is not the Western world anymore. Cultures of honour and shame are marching through our doors every day, with all that they bring, and are our partners on the international stage. We dismiss or mock them at our peril. We have only one way forward – and that is backwards, into our own collective and individual histories, when we, too, were governed by codes of honour rather than the rule of law.
Although I laugh at Australia being a godless society, and would caution rationalists to read the research before launching into such rhetoric, I agree that the West is increasing global and honour and shame communities now exist within it. We do need to see that this too is post-modernity.