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Other Ways That a Person Can Be Labelled a Coward

Updated on April 20, 2016
Arguably the best example of cowardice was in the role of "The Cowardly Lion," played by Hollywood legend, Bert Lahr.
Arguably the best example of cowardice was in the role of "The Cowardly Lion," played by Hollywood legend, Bert Lahr. | Source
I was not a Tupak fan, but this statement he made, I respect.
I was not a Tupak fan, but this statement he made, I respect. | Source

I cannot categorize "cowardice."

There is no definite way for me to put cowards and being a coward into the right context for there is not one (single) mold that symbolizes a coward. This also applies to one description, age, color, sex, or background of a coward.

I can though tell you that William Shakespeare was right in saying, "cowards die a thousand deaths, but heroes taste death only once." If you think about this, you will agree. And to be totally upfront with you, for most of my young (and adult) life, I could be considered a coward.

Mahatma Ghandi, founder of Passive Resistance.
Mahatma Ghandi, founder of Passive Resistance. | Source
Men used to Arm Wrestle to prove their bravery.
Men used to Arm Wrestle to prove their bravery. | Source

The roots of "my" cowardice.

I suppose that my raising had a lot to do with me being a coward everywhere I went. My dad swore by the credo, "obeying civil law is a priceless thing." At my first taste of human understanding, I had to agree with him. He always told me that no employer would be hasty to hire someone with a criminal record. Meaning, if I wanted a job and to go far in life, all I had to do was not be guilty of having a criminal record.

So I labored to achieve that goal of obeying civil law in every way from never parking "free" at a parking meter when no one was parked in the space or keeping a dime that accidentally fell from a stranger's pocket. When I observed civil law, I felt great. And why not? Who at any age, loves jail?

The angry dog owner in this video is insinuating that the officer who left this scene of shooting his dog, a coward.

These are two  brave guys.
These are two brave guys. | Source

Cowardice and Passive Resistance.

I can testify that I was never involved in a physical altercation (fist fight) prior to, during, and after school. But not because I was some Rocky Marciano. I always followed "that" one teacher who always lurks near cowards: Fear. "He" is why I never fought with anyone. Then there was the criminal record thing planted in my spirit. Between the two, Fear and not having a "rap sheet" made it literally impossible for me to fight with people even if I were defending myself.

Agreeing with bullies works.

I forgot to share the influence of my third friend, "Agreement," with you. I was a teenager during Mahatma Gandhi, the founder of Passive Resistance which, broken-down means: If you are not the aggressor, your own aggressor will only have words to use as weapons.
It worked for Gandhi, so why not me? So I used Gandhi's teachings whenever needed. I got laughed at a lot and endured a lot of finger-pointing, but I never went home with a black eye.

The late Don Knotts made a lucrative living playing cowardly roles.
The late Don Knotts made a lucrative living playing cowardly roles. | Source

Another area of cowardice.

"This" area of cowardice bites every young man in the butt. It's "that" time in his young life when his heart "zeros in" on this pretty girl and somehow he just has to have her as a girlfriend. Oh, in his mind he is Don Juan, but in reality, he is The Cowardly Lion (thanks, Bert Lahr, the Hollywood icon who portrayed the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz.)

Since this feeling of fear or cowardice is relative to all of you, my male followers, I will not elaborate any further. But I will share with you . . .

Other Ways That a Person Can Be Labelled a Coward

"All liars are cowards."
"All liars are cowards." | Source
A scared chicken also stands for anyone who acts like a coward.
A scared chicken also stands for anyone who acts like a coward. | Source
Sir Noel Coward, playwright, actor, director is not to be confused with  a "coward."
Sir Noel Coward, playwright, actor, director is not to be confused with a "coward." | Source
One of Shakespear's best quotes.
One of Shakespear's best quotes. | Source
The late Christopher Reeve did a great job of portraying "Clark Kent," Superman's "cowardly" secret identity.
The late Christopher Reeve did a great job of portraying "Clark Kent," Superman's "cowardly" secret identity. | Source

In Honor of Don Knotts.

  • When the boss "lets you have it" in front of your coworkers, you cower down and return not a word.
  • When that same boss just enters your work area, you jump to your feet and say, "yes, sir!" loudly not out of respect, but what he can do to you.
  • No matter what an office know-it-all who, just as nature has it, is a former body builder and Martial Arts Master, says about any subject, especially those subjects that involve you, you nod up and down like a mechanical stork drinking water. Plus, the word "yes," is the only word you can force your lips to say.
  • At home, late at night, you and your wife are awakened by a noise downstairs, you always and brilliantly come up with some medical reason why "you," the husband, are not able to check out the noise. "Honey, can you please go down and check out that noise, the vertabrae in my middle back is swelled and a ball of fire goes up my spine when I move." (This notion of "the husband" checking strange noises, is not to say that all wives are so girly that they could not defend their homes and families). NOTE: and the previous disclaimer is not to say that there is something wrong with wives being girly.
  • You are walking with your wife down the sidewalk and when you hear a dog barking, you jump like someone alone in a haunted house as you yell, "what was that?" and "let's get out of here!"
  • Among your sad memories of your days in high school were the times when a "Mr. Lawson," your Math teacher would shake his large, wooden paddle in the air and threaten the culprit who hit him in the back of the head with a huge spitball with a paddling, you jumped up from your desk crying like a newborn baby and owned up to the transgression although you were not guilty. The sight of his huge wooden paddle literally scared the wits out of you.
  • When you and your wife were dating, her ex-boyfriend tried to ambush you two while you were walking in a quiet place in the country and you let him use you as a punching bag rather than defend yourself and her honor. You almost lost her due to your cowardice. You even wonder today if she only married you out of sympathy.
  • One Christmas morning your "Uncle Bobo," was tagged to play Santa, suit, beard, bag of toys and the "whole nine yards." But when he made his entrance with a loud, "Ho! Ho! Ho!" you ran and hid under the bed in your parents' room. It wouldn't have been so bad, but you were 19 years of age.
  • Back to your wife for a moment. In the first moments before your first kiss with her, you told her, "excuse me while I head to the woods and vomit." It was three long weeks before got over that embarrassment. But you convinced her that it was not her, but your cowardly-attitude toward being intimate with a woman at such an early age, 17, to be exact.
  • In high school and college, you never went out for football although you had the body for it, but you were terrified of getting hurt. You also didn't go out for male cheerleader for the same reason.
  • Then there was that time when you and your wife were visiting with friends and you suddenly jumped onto the couch almost crippling your wife and yelled, "what a huge spider that just ran down up my pants leg!" It turns out that your friends' son, "Chip," just a year old, had pushed one of his toy cars up your leg because he did not know how fearful you were of spiders.

"I would continue, but I am now afraid that you might get bored with my topic."


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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      That is you can not buy or sale them . mis quoted the phase. This is true.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Thank you my friend .as all the caos of the death of Prince there was something tape footage shared, I will agree and never forget as he recieving and award.

      He said "real friends are not on your payroll "well I thought about .true you can buy or sale them

      Genuine friends are there in the good times and bad without a price.

      May Jehovah keep you close my friend.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago

      1:16 a.m., CST, Sunday

      My Dearest Kiss and Tales,

      "Thank YOU so Very Much for this, and all of your sweet comments. I feel like writing five hubs back-to-back, thanks to you!

      One day when I am famous due to a big publishing house viewing my hubs, YOU are going to be my manager and not for the standard 10%, but 25% of my royalties. Plus a "company" BMW to drive to meet with reporters, lol. I really want this wish to come true.

      That kind of life would be fun. And I could help a lot of people with my money and without them knowing it.

      Sure, I would help you a LOT.

      Someday, Dearest Kiss and Tales.



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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      You are a great inspiration to me I smile when I see a new hub written by you.

      The greatest gift we can give to others is ourselfs and talent. You do both my friend mayJehovah keep you close.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Kiss and Tales,

      I was just wondering where you were. I have really missed you. Thanks for the sweet words/compliment about my hubs. That not only means a lot, but re-establishes my love for you and my followers and getting on ideas the minute they show up.

      And Dearest Kiss and Tales . . .I am very glad that something I did made you feel uplifted, but that goes both ways. When I read one of your sweet comments, I feel wonderful.

      Write me anytime.

      Kenneth :)

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, RaisedByBears,

      Lost? I must have not explained my introductions that well. This hub shared how I always saw myself as a coward throughout my life simply because I did not like violence, demeaning the weaker people around me and climbing up some pedestal that I knew would fall.

      And also, I believe that not everyone is born to be heroes.

      With you and the valiant men and women of the police forces being the exception. You put your life on the line each day you put on your uniform. Right?

      So to me, the police forces are the REAL heroes.

      Write soon.


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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Jennifer,

      Kevin James was the star who pulled off that move so well. He did the "comeback" move many times on King of Queens.

      Well, a few times in my adult life, I have taken the road less traveled and said what I felt, made my own choices and sure, it was tough, but I felt better not long after I learned that good or bad, I can only live with me.

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment.

      Peace to you, Dear Friend.


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      Jennifer Mugrage 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      This reminds me of that scene in Hitch where the average guy (Albert?) who has just been on a date with a celebrity, at the moment when it's time to kiss her, panics, has an asthma attack, runs down her front steps, and takes a big puff on his inhaler.

      He then gets a really determined look on his face, chucks the inhaler to one side, rushes up the steps and kisses her.

      She loved it.

      Only in movies do cowards usually find their courage that quickly, however. :) Too bad.

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      Carl Eastvold 2 years ago from Duluth

      Sorry Ken,

      Lost me on this one. Learned there is only one way to deal with the fifth grade school yard bully - stand up to him.

      This served me in good stead through 30 years of law enforcement - where I was always running the wrong way.

      I do agree with your hub about staying on the right side of the law. Often that takes courage as well.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Hello Kenneth my friend its taking me a minute to catch up with all your wonderful hubs. I really admire you always . we can always learn from a brave soul as you to keep your head up

      and continue in your journey. No matter the troubles along the way. I feel wonderul and uplifted each time I see a new hub you write. Always my Friend.


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