What we do in life echoes in eternity

7 Jul, 2021 at 12:11 | Posted in Varia | 2 Comments

In science, courage is to follow the motto of enlightenment and Kant’s dictum — Sapere Aude!  To use your own understanding, having 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.

Courage is to do the right thing in spite of danger and fear.

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

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.

As when Rosa Parks, on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.

As when Hans and Sophie Scholl — members of the resistance group ‘Die Weisse Rose’ — decided to fight the Nazi atrocities.

May their beautiful souls live on forever.

What we do in life echoes in eternity.

2 Comments

  1. I’m surprised you didn’t include the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg

    • Very good suggestion 🙂


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