Courage is moving toward the good in the presence of fear. There is an invisible wall of fear blocking the good. It’s always there, as a constant deterrent, making any noble pursuit difficult. Fear, if translated into plain English, tells us the following:
Nice word! Has solid-punchiness, certainly more impactful than “fear-inducing”
Yes! Courage is moving toward the good in the presence of fear. I love that our proper response is to create an encouraging world.
Like Rijon Erickson, I was struck with the ringing clarity of “Without courage, wisdom is impotent." And at the same moment I was stuck with a sense of responsibility that we all carry when we "encourage" others ... for encouraging others to face risk with action is, if we are sufficiently informed, a act of greater love. Becoming sufficiently "co-informed" (to bend a word in search of deeper meaning) is going to become increasingly costly as complexity and urgency mingle. It will take increasing measures of courage for us to help each other stare deeply into the eyes of fear and pierce its soul ... and encourage our collective actions. We should not send others into struggles when we are not ready to march with them. So, then, encourage each other is essential ... but also not sufficient. Maybe?
This line floored me: “Without courage, our wisdom will be impotent. Many people are living with cowardly impotence, denying the world their good”
Right on. Yesterday, I let a little of my "intemperance" show, in expressing how passionately I opposed burdening the victim with yet more load in the hope that someday, someway, that victim might recover that additional burden. Breakthrough! New ally :) And suddenly there is an open field ahead and my cautious interlocutor is available to block the next potential tackle. Folk want to be on the side of the angels. But leading that play? That's tough.
wow, just wow. This needs to be heard. This is a banner, a war cry, a rallying point for those who are tired of the constant fear-mongering, the manipulation the general hesitancy to actually live, feel, get hurt, gain wisdom, rinse & repeat. Forwarding this on to so many people...
Slowly as I am more aware of my re-sourcing, My open hearted gaze in sensing and live updating my awareness. I come to sense of why my presence matters and what is mine to do. and then I don't seem to need courage, because there is resonance that connects me to what is transforming.
I have no doubt about "less foolish" as a way to practice being more impeccable.
But do we need the opposite of encouragement really? I understand cowardice as it has long lived in me, embodied experience that entangled character. It wasn't de-cowarding or some kind of intiation but deep transformations that allowed my to find alignment and moments. It was getting tired of living with an anxiety and judgement filters. It's so much easier NOW but it's slow inner work to find ones own authentic way, connection to source and how I bring spirit and presence... not punchiness.
Love the neologism and concept.
My sense — and perhaps it's a mistaken sense? — is that for the past few months you've been on the cusp of making a bold and potentially divisive declaration about a shift in your political worldview. If I'm mistaken, ignore this. If I'm not mistaken, then in the spirit of what you're saying here, I encourage you to say it. Or, at the very least, I'll just note that I'm interested in what you might be about to say. :)
There are many sayings throughout literature. What is worth living for, as an example, and what is worth dying for as another. This morning when I woke up and was analyzing the dreams of the night I thought about what was worth dying for and the answer was nothing.
There is nothing worth dying for because if you die you will share no more wisdom with any others. That scenario where your death actually results in a permanent and substantial change in something is unreal. You need to remain and keep teaching, keep inspiring and keep tearing down the falseness of a world built more on advertising today than anything else. The advent of radio and television brought about in our species unprecedented levels of fakeness and surreality. Radio and moving pictures brought with them the ability to convince many of many things that were just never real.
Be courage in the face of surreality, absolutely, but nothing, absolutely nothing, is worth dying for.