I found the Wikipedia definition which I’ve posted as follows; and will work with that.
Mensch (Yiddish: מענטש mentsh, cognate with German: Mensch “human being“) means “a person of integrity and honor.” The opposite of a “mensch” is an “unmensch” (meaning: an utterly unlikeable or unfriendly person). According to Leo Rosten, the Yiddish maven and author of The Joys of Yiddish, “mensch” is “someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being ‘a real mensch’ is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous.” The term is used as a high compliment, expressing the rarity and value of that individual’s qualities.
My definitions are from Google Definitions.
Meet the first, but I might be too comical for the second. Some would miss my silliness I guess.
I will let people judge where I stand in this. I can be funny, let loose with the occasional risque joke (I have my Naughty Philosopher posts).
The trick in being a Mensch is to do the right thing, without being bidden to do so and without expecting accolades.
I have an example from today. On the bus coming home, the driver had to set the front stairs up as a mini elevator for someone with a walker to get off. The driver couldn’t get the system to go back to being stairs again. I got out the back door and pushed the front stairs back in place.
Yes, you could say I did it so the bus could get going and I could get home. I was thanked for doing it, but that is not the point. The point was to do the deed for doing the right thing, not accolades.
I may post more on being a mensch.