I have a personal ambition to live my life honestly and honor the true love that I’ve had from the people around me.

-Lana Del Rey-

How can a word without meaning be such a meaningful word? Could one word describe a complex array of virtues? This video shared by the Philotimo Foundation and Jack Schafer, PhD brings to life the Greek word “Philotimo”. For a firsthand account of Philotimo in practice check out this awesome work by Rita Wilson:

Greek Lessons

Philotimo determines and regulates how someone should behave in their family and their community. It is an all-encompassing concept about respect and doing the right thing; pride for family, neighbor and country. In it’s most basic form it means “doing good”. Philotimo comes from the Greek words “filos,” meaning friend, and “timi” meaning honor. Being a friend with honor.

Jack Schafer explains the art of self-sacrifice is fading fast due to technological bubbles, which put the self first. Schafer encourages us to help others simply because they need help; to do the right thing because you have a duty to do the right thing. He coins it, “Becoming a Philotimo Person”.

Take a few moments and digest this meaningless yet very meaningful word. You will learn how the secret of Philotimo kept the Greek heritage strong and vibrant for thousands of years. Have an awesome week!