Courage and Its’ Many Forms
My definition of courage is to be able to endure physical hardship to prevent harm from coming to another and to have the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition. As you can see in my definition there are two themes. One is physical courage and the other is moral courage. I picked this concept because of the many opportunities courage has to offer. Courage is very specific; in some cases it could be instinct, or stupidity that is seen as courage. I want to be able to talk about how each of them is different and how to decide true courage. There are so many stories of courage throughout history. There are countless military examples starting all the way to biblical times. One of the most famous acts of courage is the story of David and Goliath. In this story a boy named David kills a giant with a simple slingshot when every man in the army was too afraid to face him (Nelson, 1982, 2 Samuel 17). Many different people can see the word courage differently. Others could also see what some may see as a courageous act as stupidity or instinct. Sometimes doing nothing or fleeing from a no win situation can be looked at as cowardly. I chose the concept of courage because it is thought provoking. For example, Bob is sitting all alone on a bench going over some construction plans because he is an engineer. He sees smoke 2
coming from a nearby house, being the only one around he quickly calls 911. The smoke quickly turns to fire and the house is now engulfed in flames. He hears a scream coming from upstairs and thinks of rushing in immediately. He takes a step back and, being an engineer, asses the situation. He realizes the old house will collapse in one minute, not enough time to save the women upstairs. Not hearing any sirens close he rushes into the house to save her. Seconds later the house collapses and everyone dies. How should this example be looked at? It could be instinct to save someone’s...
References: Nelson, Thomas, (1982). Possibility Thinkers Bible: The New King James Version. 2 Samuel 17, United States: Thomas Nelson Inc.
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