22 Jun, 2021 04:19 PM

Is this the essence of courage? Your take on this quote?

"Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole truth can be won. Endow us with the courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy."

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22 Jun, 2021 04:20 PM

Choosing right over wrong really does not take much in the way of courage. Since right and wrong are either personal moral concepts or, to use the words more accurately, totally lacking any moral component, with right simply being that which works and wrong being that which does not work, we can see that courage is not needed in either case. When courage is needed is when we undertake to stop all the pretenses, and expose ourselves to ourselves and the world. Here begins the true nobility. If you want to experience real personal courage, just go through a day without assuming the physical position of a wilted flower.

22 Jun, 2021 04:21 PM

I like this quote. I've seen it somewhere before. Who wrote it? And, Hawkinsian sometimes true courage takes a little foolhardiness. What one might consider foolish, another may see as righteousness, because there are times when one must make a stand for right, when everyone else will think him a fool. True courage has faith in what is right.

Jesus said, in Matt 5:43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'  44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, [NKJV]

There are those who say this is foolish but they could not be further from the truth.

22 Jun, 2021 04:31 PM

Thank you for the reminder of the Cadets 

Prayer said at West Point.  As beautiful as the whole prayer is I understand why you could not print the whole thing.  

The greatest act of courage is to give up the false ego idea.  For me the essence of courage is to give up the self for the unknowable.

22 Jun, 2021 04:32 PM

Fantastic Quote!  

Thanks so much for sharing this and I especially love the 1st line "Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole truth can be won".  


22 Jun, 2021 04:32 PM

I think it's got the essence IF it adds, in addition to encouragement to exceed, a stern warning against the excess of courage which is called foolhardiness.

THEN it would be Essence of Courage indeed.

22 Jun, 2021 04:33 PM

Yes, it is, BECAUSE IT SAYS: Follow your conscience, not the crowd.

May you always shine like a Star and be fragrant like a Flower,

God bless your Life with infinite Love and Peace, Amen.

22 Jun, 2021 04:33 PM

The essence of your question to my mind Hon...is all about having the courage to be real... to be your authentic self with an honesty of purpose.