It takes courage to follow one's own path, to face adversity with grace, to persevere when that last ounce of strength seems to be exhausted (a great
quote I found on the subject: “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 -
1882)); and courage manifests itself in countless ways, big and small, on a daily basis. If courage always came easily, however, it would have little
worth, (virtue does not seem to come easily, has its cost, and in that sense is very valuable) and courage seems to be somewhat lacking in society’s
general response to the fears and perils of the day.
Having courage is a matter of the heart, as is shown by its etymological source cor
, which is Latin for “heart,” and indeed courage seems
to be at the root of nearly every admirable action we do. Courage seems like good starting point to combat the fear and discord which appear to be
two driving forces of modern discourse and life.
Fear, rather than being an adversary of courage, inspires it. Perhaps the bravest acts are those the most fearfully done, and having courage can be
as simple as doing that which scares you.
I found an interesting way of looking at courage when reading the virtues of the Bushido Code (the virtues of the samurai as written by Nitobe Inazō)
which posited “perceiving what is right and doing it not reveals a lack of courage.”
Thus, having courage is always standing up for what is right-- whether that be standing up to yourself when your impulses contradict your moral code,
or standing up to/for others; particularly when the right thing to do is dangerous, trying, humbling, or contrary to the majority opinion.
Sometimes courage is just getting up and facing the day (haven’t we all had days like these) or having the endurance to continue our everyday tasks
in the face of calamity. We’ve all seen the people who face suffering or illness with such grace and courage (we’ve seen it right here on ATS)
that everyone who knows him/her is affected/encouraged/altered.
I'll end with a wish for my country on the eve of her birthday, for her citizens to have courage to change the tide, mend disputes, and collaborate
for the betterment of all regardless of party, affiliation, or indentity. There is so much beauty in America and the best accomplishments done in her
name have been inspired by tremendous courage. By acknowledging the virtue of and manifesting the courage within, we can transform the fear being
projected onto us into individual and joint power which can be used to leave this world a better to live in than when we arrived.
edit on 3-7-2018 by zosimov because: (no reason given)