Moral Courage

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To begin proper, I would like to just briefly talk about Moral Courage. I don’t have a very long window to write today, so I’ll keep it short and simple.

All of us (sort of) know what moral courage is; it is simply understood as having the courage to do what is right, in the face of inconvenience or possible consequences and repercussions. It takes moral courage to speak the truth, and it takes moral courage to ensure that justice is preserved against tyranny. 

How do we apply moral courage to our daily lives? We can do so by allowing our moral compass to guide us in our thoughts, speech and actions, so that we do what is right when people watch.. and when people don’t. While it may seem like an abstract notion, it could just be as simple as defending a victim in the face of a bully. It is the right thing to do, hence moral, and it requires a degree of boldness and strength in face of a possible consequence, therefore c0urage. 

Just to highlight, to settle for a peaceful settlement sometimes can be a lack of moral courage. (We assume this example happens in a vacuum theoretical setting where there is no larger picture involved, or larger peace to preserve.)  For an authority to call for mutual apologies and a peaceful resolution without punishment when an injustice has occurred and victimisation is involved, is a lack of moral courage on the side of the authority. For the injustice to go uncorrected because the authority lacks the courage or ability to discern the truth and right the wrong in the situation is a failure on the moral plane of the authority. 

We thus see that the moral courage of individual(s) have an impact not just on themselves, but on other people involved as well. It is thus important that we know what is right, that we do what we can to preserve what is right, and correct that which may be wrong. You can be a person of moral authority or otherwise, but morality should always apply to everyone and anyone. To have moral courage is to be true to ourselves and to what is right and just. 

Not easy definitely, but to have moral courage is something we certain can aspire towards. It is a weighty topic, but our conscience is a good guide to knowing what should be done when faced with a situation or dilemma. 

Have a good evening everyone! 


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