What we do in life echoes in eternity25 November, 2016 at 18:45 | Posted in Varia | Leave a comment
In science courage is to follow the motto of enlightenment and Kant’s dictum — Sapere Aude! To use your own understanding, having the the courage to think for yourself and question ‘received opinion,’ authority or orthodoxy.
In our daily lives 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.
Dignity, a better life, or justice and rule of law, are things worth fighting for. Not to step back creates courageous acts that stay in our memories and means something. As when Rosa Parks sixty years ago, on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.
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.
Not a single member of the expedition died.
What we do in life echoes in eternity.