i didn't mean to vent; i was merely expressing frustration that a lot of people seemed to be needlessly complaining about the honor code. then this morning, i read something that made me realize that my reflection on the honor code wasn't finished.
i'm in the middle of "the broken heart: applying the atonement to life's experiences" by bruce c. hafen, and so far it has been so intriguing and thought-provoking that once i finish it, i almost want to read it again and take good notes this time (which may be difficult, considering the fact that i'm in the middle of a couple other books and have many more anxiously awaiting on my "to read" list).
anyway, so in the chapter "grace and the higher law," elder hafen is discussing the law of moses versus the higher law that christ taught, and he relates his discussion to this familiar topic:
"as i think about dress and grooming standards at our church schools, i yearn for the day when our students will understand the purpose behind the standards, which is so different from merely yielding to them with a technical, superficial compliance. . . speaking from the perspective of the higher law, the lord said 'it is not meet that i should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant' (d&c 58:26). those who attend church schools may only comply with the outward appearance of dress and grooming standards, but i hope they will also learn enough from those standards about modesty, dignity, and masculinity and femininity that as time goes on, they will apply those principles sensibly throughout their lives, no longer needing a church-sponsored code to tell them how to dress. when we learn correct principles, we do govern ourselves."
that struck me because i think at times i fall under the category of those who live the honor code with a "technical, superficial compliance." but it also helped me to understand why i feel the honor code is important, that it really has less to do with rules and curfews and more to do with the commitment of our hearts to becoming more like our savior.
everyone is at a different level of commitment in the gospel, and the honor code is there to remind us of our covenants as members of the church. think of how much it sets us apart (in a good, not pompous way) from other universities! it helps us to become the city set on a hill that "cannot be hid.