On Fear and True Courage: Being Brave is Daily Mission
“We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness”, observes Maxwell Maltz, author of Psycho-Cybernetics.
However, sometimes fear gets in the way of being brave and, as the result, being truly happy.
Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle (384-322) argued many truths of life. He observed that fear and courage have many faces. In a book On Man In The Universe (1943), published by Classics Club and edited by Louise Ropes Loomis, the philosopher of timeless observations writes:
“To the brave man courage is noble”, writes Aristotle and observes that a man, who excessively displays a foolish acts of courage is a foolhardy. Philosopher also notes, “most foolhardy people are cowards at heart”, although they show acts of fierce braveness whenever they feel safe, they do not face real terrors.
Courage is the silent quality of mind that enables a person to face difficulty and danger, it does not require attention. And according to the philosopher, it’s not possible without some sort of confidence. “Courage then, as has been said, is a mean state with regard to things that cause confidence or fear in this circumstances described. It chooses action or endures pain because it is honorable to do so…” believes Aristotle.
Modern age author and poet Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) also spoke up on the need of courage in one of her conferences. She believes that out of evil there can come good.
Maya Angelou in the conference said:
Another American author and public speaker Brene Brown in her book The Gifts of Imperfection complements the idea of the need to practice the courage daily for it to really succeed. Author observes, “Courage is… a habit, a virtue: You get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.”
Though often courage is analyzed from philosophical point of view, it’s important to know that it is a psychological muscle. And muscles need to be trained. When it comes to “how to train it”, the simple tricks work. One of them is having overall clarity, and not being afraid of new experiences, even bad ones. Doing something outside the comfort zone also helps. Waving at strangers, for instance, increases the levels of confidence and goodness, and as the result produces courage.
As art is a product of experience, the courage is a by-product of goodness, positivity and faith. Maintaining the right kind of positive thinking and possessing high moral standards is the foundation for a courageous mindset and brave heart.