Courage is not the absence of fear. Courageous people do feel fear, but they are able to manage and overcome their fear so that, it does not stop them taking action. They often use the fear to ensure that they are not overly confident and that they take the appropriate actions. Courage is of two kinds: physical and moral. The farmer is common to both man and beast; but the latter belongs to man alone.
Courage comes from the strength of mind or will. Physical courage depends on one’s physical strength. A weak; and sickly person is hardly seen to be physically courageous. Because his ill health does not permit him to take an aggressive view in life, although he may be mentally bold. But a person, who is bold and strong, both in body and mind, is normally found to be courageous.
The question of physical courage arises in the event of any danger or difficulty that suddenly appears, when immediate protection or security from that fear of massacre or destruction demands physical courage.
Courage is a highly prized virtue, that many famous and respected people have spoken or written about over the years. We probably all have an idea of what we mean by courage, or bravery as it is sometimes known. Courageous people stand up against things that threaten them or the things or people that they care about. They take action in a way that is consistent with their values. Sometimes, however, the action required is not necessarily loud, but quiet and thoughtful.
Acting courageously generally makes us feel good, because it involves mastering emotions. The very fact that we celebrate courage so much tells us that it is a very human activity. Courage, in the sense of acting in a way that responds to risk appropriately, not over-confidently or in a cowardly way, will also help us to accomplish ‘good’ things.