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Moral Courage - An Attainable Absolute

Updated on October 21, 2007

The little girl gently frees her delicate fingers to reveal a tiny seashell in her palm. She smiles at her companion, a little boy, who readily matches her gesture and shows her his treasure, a colourful marble. The boy smiles; instantly, they both smile in unison. They may be poor, even hungry, and perhaps without a proper home. Despite all that, they are happy, for themselves and for each other. They present a picture of happiness, and represent moral courage.

We adults may even dismiss the event as belonging to the ordinary, not to speak of seeing moral courage in it. We are not happy with our shells and marbles, for they are not shiny and beautiful enough; they are certainly not as shiny and beautiful as those that others possess.

My success is not as big as that of my colleague and my competitor. My achievements and conquests soon fade away and are overshadowed by the bigger achievements and conquests of others. Alas, it's all relative!

Moral courage is, most assuredly, an attainable absolute. It's possible to imagine having it, and it's not impossible to actually have it; even if it only means being honest and kind with others, being as sensitive to their beliefs, expectations and disappointments as we are to our own, and, most important, saying and showing that freedom and happiness are to be shared, whatever the circumstances, among all of us. Only when shared by all humanity are freedom and happiness genuine gifts of life - gifts that are for every one of us to experience and enjoy, protect and promote, cherish and celebrate.


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    • vaidy19 profile image

      vaidy19 10 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks G-Ma.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Each of us has a duty to God to be kind, caring. loving etc. There are so many things involved in this so involved world of today...I can see why people get lost...We are spoiled..we don't even know it...Oh dear I am gonna stop here..Great Hub . well done and I liked it. G-Ma :O)

      P.S. I am a bit behind i know :O)

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      vaidy19 10 years ago from Chennai, India

      Moral Courage is about standing up to what you believe is right. How many of us how often do that? Very often, we simply watch the perpetration of an unfair and unjust act, and tell ourselves that it will not happen to us, even pray that it shall not happen to us. If courage of any kind presupposes fear, then how do we describe walking away, fleeing the scene? Is there some intermediate state between courage and fear? As is obvious, I am talking about human acquisitiveness. The more acquisitive we become, the more we amass; and at some point, you can possess more only by dispossessing some of what is theirs. And you realise that only at the cost of their freedom and happiness can you guarantee your own freedom and happiness. What do you call that realisation, that feeling? Isn't FEAR good enough? My contention is that either we have the moral courage not only to concede every fellow being the right to freedom and happiness and but also dare to promote and protect it, or be like the children that we once were. But if we lack the moral courage to stand up and assert our collective right to live free and happy, we are certain to witness depredation and destruction caused by greed and avarice.

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      SunSeven 10 years ago from Singapore / India

      Have no fear

      For some of us there is no shelter

      From the change in the weather

      It will find you wherever you run

      So if you're down for what's right

      There's no reason to hide

      For you there is no fear

      People dying and crying

      The sound of shattered dreams

      Drowning the voice of the future

      With negativity

      For some of us there is no answer

      To the change in the weather

      Cloud's will cover the sun

      So if you're down for what's right

      There is no reason to run

      For you there is no fear

      Have no fear

      Best Regards

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 10 years ago from Chennai

      But why do you call it courage? What do we have to fear?