Open Thread - 08-12-22 - Courage
Courage comes in many forms. I believe it is inherent in all of us. Fear is the great inhibitor that may push it to the side or the catalyst that may bring it front and center. It may lay dormant, sometimes forever suppressed or it may ooze from every pore. Some may bluster about their courage only to fold under duress, some may be as timid as a mouse but rise as a lion in the face of adversity. Courage is an attribute that may manifest itself in ways that are totally surprising to the individual.
The definition of courage, before it gets pusillanimously redefined:
According to Miriam Webster: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
Synonyms: bottle [British slang], bravery, courageousness, daring, daringness, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, gallantry, greatheartedness, guts, gutsiness, hardihood, heart, heroism, intestinal fortitude, intrepidity, intrepidness, moxie, nerve, pecker [chiefly British], prowess, stoutness, valor, virtue
Antonyms: cowardice, cowardliness, cravenness, dastardliness, poltroonery, spinelessness
According to this site there are six forms of courage:
Courage is something that everybody wants, yet courage is not just physical bravery. In general, there are six types of courage we may need to face life challenges:
1. Physical courage – Feeling fear yet choosing to act. Involves bravery at the risk of bodily harm or death; and, developing physical strength, resilience and awareness.
2. Emotional courage – Following our heart. Open us to feeling the full spectrum of emotions – pleasant and unpleasant – without attachment.
3. Intellectual courage – Expanding our horizons, letting go of the familiar. It is about our willingness to learn, unlearn and relearn with an open and flexible mind.
4. Social courage – To be ourself in the face of adversity. Involves the risk of social embarrassment or exclusion, unpopularity or rejection. It also involves leadership.
5. Moral courage – Standing up for what is right. Involves doing the right thing even when it is uncomfortable or unpopular.
6. Spiritual courage – Facing pain with dignity or faith. It helps us live with purpose and meaning through a heart centred approach towards all life and oneself.
As a courageous patriot once said:
THESE are the times that try men's souls. ~Thomas Paine from The Crisis December 23, 1776
Authors note: Please go to the source and read the essay to gain a better understanding of the meaning of courage.