Proverbs 26:1, As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.
Romans 13:7, says, Render therefore to all their dues....honour to whom honour.
Notice that Romans 13:7 uses the term "dues".
Dues means that which is owed. That which office, rank, station, social relations, or established rules of right or decorum, require to be given, paid or done. Respect and obedience to parents and magistrates are their due.
Honor means the esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation. A testimony of esteem; any expression of respecter of high estimation by words or actions. Reverence; veneration.
Grover Cleveland said, A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honour lies in honest toil.
Therefore honor should not be given lightly. It should not be given unearned.
It should not be given in order to increase someone's good feeling about themselves.
It should not be given in order to puff someone up and make them happy. It should not be given to improve someones self worth or self esteem.
Honor is sometimes given so lightly to young people in order to "build them up".
Honor must be reserved for the truly deserving if we are to preserve the value of honor.
Honor is meant to be valuable but if given without valid reason it is depreciated and lessened in value.
If honor is given to a fool who is not worthy of honor then honor itself loses its worth and those who truly deserve honor will have something of less value than they deserve.
So not only do fools suffer, and those who suffer fools, but those to whom honor is due, also suffer loss.
Our country's Medal of Honor, given to war heroes, is so revered because it is given in integrity to only those who are indeed honorable and fully deserving.
It would be a great disservice to those who have gone before if ever this great metal were given to a fool.