Thursday, March 23

A Question of Courage

Courage is the ability to confront fear in the face of pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation. As a virtue, courage is covered extensively in Aristotle's Nichomanchean Ethics, its vice of deficiency being cowardice, and its vice of excess being recklessness.
The precise view of what constitutes courage not only varies among
cultures, but among individuals. For instance, some define courage as lacking fear in a situation that would normally generate it. Others, in contrast, hold that courage requires one to have fear and then overcome it.
There are also more subtle distinctions in the definition of courage. For example, some distinguish between courage and foolhardiness in that a courageous person overcomes a justifiable fear for an even more noble purpose. If the fear is not justifiable or the purpose not noble, then the courage is either false, or foolhardy.
However you look at it I am not courageous. Several people have expressed admiration at my courage to my husband. It embarrasses me acutely. No Im not brave Im just getting on with things. I have very little choice, so courage really doesnt come into it. Im just an ordinary person with an ordinary life making the best of what I have.
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do." Eleanor Roosevelt.

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