What we do in life echoes in eternity

15 Dec, 2015 at 10:44 | Posted in Varia | 4 Comments


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 don’t.

As when Sir Nicholas Winton organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

Or as when Ernest Shackleton, in April 1916, aboard the small boat ‘James Caird’, spent 16 days crossing 1,300 km of ocean to reach South Georgia, then trekked across the island to a whaling station, and finally could rescue the remaining men from the crew of ‘Endurance’ left on the Elephant Island.

shackletonNot a single member of the expedition died.

Not to step back — that’s what creates courageous acts that stay in our memories and mean something.

What we do in life echoes in eternity.


  1. Hey Lars… you want to raise hell?


    The climate scientists are clearly abusing significance testing. Care to take up the gauntlet?

    • Thanks for asking Phil 🙂
      Right now I’m planning to have a series of posts on Dani Rodrik’s Economic Rules, so I’m actually not sure if I can fit it in to my time-table.
      By the way, are you still writing on your blog (I remember you used to have some good stuff there)?

      • Nope. I’m working these days. But my book found a publisher so it should be out soon. There’s some stuff in it that you might like about probability and Shackle’s “probability/possibility” distinction.

        • Great. I’ll probably/possibly read it 🙂

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