11 Jan 2012 7 Comments
by Sherry Whitstine
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)
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Jan 11, 2012 @ 04:24:15
Your title is truncated. Great quote! I have often thought that physical courage had an inverse relationship with IQ.
Jan 11, 2012 @ 06:58:29
Thank you for your comment this morning.. Have a great day!
Jan 11, 2012 @ 07:59:55
The Palins have neither.
Physical courage is unpredictable. Bluff and bluster, often mistaken for physical courage, is directly proportional to alcohol consumption. So is Sarah´s attractiveness.
Jan 11, 2012 @ 21:19:02
Her alcohol consumption or the beholder’s? 🙂
Jan 12, 2012 @ 08:29:10
Jan 11, 2012 @ 21:42:45
But what IS Moral Courage? Who is to judge morality? The bible certainly does not define what I consider “moral”. To me morality is a matter of common sense, but sometimes those that are under the thumb of different religions have different views of morality and try to impose them upon others that do not share their beliefs.
To me “morality” is represented by kindness; kindness towards those that have a different worldview than I do; those that practice religion; those that choose a partner of the same sex; those that are hunters or fishermen, those that take a cavalier attitude towards the comfort and well-being of other creatures that we share this planet with.
To be kind towards individuals that do NOT share your view of the world is what I consider morality. Perhaps at it’s most basic level, morality is the acceptance of humanity and the fact that we all share the same DNA, the human DNA. Morality is not judging even when you would like to judge.
As a person that did not grow up having a religion to guide me towards “morality” I’ve set my own guidelines, and this is what my parents wished for us, their children. They preferred that we find our own “10 commandments” and funnily enough, they are very much in line with the criteria that many of the world’s leading religions set forth regarding how to live a “moral” life in relation to others that share our planet, both human and other. In fact, I think that my folks let us develop a bit better plan of “morality” than have some that adhere to certain religious texts that seem to encourage intolerance. I find myself being a bit more understanding and kind towards people with a different lifestyle or worldview or skin color than some of my friends that proclaim to have a “moral background” from their religion. Their intolerance is utterly mind-blowing at times.
Jan 12, 2012 @ 09:14:49
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