When courage makes a difference12 August, 2012 at 13:44 | Posted in Politics & Society | 1 Comment
John F. Kennedy once wrote:
To be courageous requires no exceptional qualifications, no magic formula, no special combination of time, place, and circumstance. It is an opportunity that sooner or later is presented to us all.
In spite of this, many would probably still maintain that courage is not anything very common, and that the value we put on it is a witness to its rarity.
Courage is a capability to confront fear, as when in front of the powerful and mighty, not to step back, but stand up for one’s rights not to be humiliated or abused in any ways by the rich and powerful.
Courage is to do the right thing in spite of danger and fear. To keep on even if opportunities to turn back are given. Like in the great stories. The ones where people have lots of chances of turning back, but do not – because they believe there must be some justice and rule of law in this world.
Dignity, a better life, or justice and rule of law, are things worth fighting for. Not to step back, in spite of confronting the mighty and powerful, creates courageous acts that stay in our memories and means something – as when Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.