is the mean between the extremes of foolhardiness and cowardice. Hobbes’ words will doubtless resonate in spades with anyone who was born in 2020. Courage takes many forms. To be courageous is to fear reasonably, to know what to fear, when to fear it, and how to do so. Ten years ago, I read Desmond Seward’s book, _Monks of War_, reading as I usually do with the purpose of answering burning questions that I … All moral virtues, they explained, flow from love. Courage is a mean condition between the excess of rashness and deficiency of cowardice. Aristotle said of it that it “is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others,” “the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”. Aristotle defines the courageous as those who act in the face of a noble death or act nobly in emergencies that involve death. What “the scientists” have done is simply add “one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances [. No one, at the present time, is giving out awards for humility. The motive of courage is always noble. But it is the one that is most publicly celebrated, and therein lies its danger. But stubborn, insensitive, fanatical people do the same. Assuming for the moment (against the evidence to the contrary) that COVID-19 truly is a distinct virus that has been isolated from the gazillions of other stuff with which it co-exists in the bio-chemical soup in which scientists claim to have located it, even according to the official numbers (which even the CDC acknowledges is the result of inflating the death-by-COVID toll by some 94%), the dreaded Virus has a mortality rate in the United States of about one-tenth of one percent—about that of the seasonal flu (The real mortality rate is appreciably smaller than even this, for if only six percent of patients to have died from COVID, lacking any pre-existing conditions, actually died from COVID, then this amounts to about 15,000 people. Courage is a beautiful virtue. “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. Courage is more than simply deciding to act carelessly, it is the ability to respond to fear. Never before in the history of leadership has this type of environment been navigated. They caught up to it, the instructor got out and walked over to the other driver, then punched him. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.” But is it always justifiable? Courage or bravery is a virtue, an excellence of character. Aristotle said of it that it “is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others,” “the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” Courage is “the mean” between the emotional extremes of “excess” and “deficiency.” Yet the elites have not, strictly speaking, caused this fear. Whereas a coward is someone with faint hope, since such a person is afraid of everything. "Courage" without love is simply not courage. Fear is universal. Featuring articles Reprinted with permission of Lay Witness. Bishop Henry is the epitome of true courage: an expression of love in the face of danger for the purpose of serving what is good. A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Therefore, any demonstration of courage deserves a special gala and an award presentation. The virtue of courage helps us to take the initiative to make changes in our lives and/ or to accept changes brought before us. © 1996-2019 Catholic Education Resource Center | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Sitemap, CERC is an entirely reader-supported web site and non-profit charity. He discusses about various types of virtues and its corresponding vices like courage: rashness and cowardice, liberality: prodigality and illiberality, magnificence: gaudiness and chintziness, etc. DeMarco is the author of twenty books, including Reflections on the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Search for Understanding, How to Remain Sane in a World That is Going Mad, Poetry That Enters the Mind and Warms the Heart,  The Heart of Virtue, The Many Faces of Virtue, and Architects Of The Culture Of Death. Hypocrisy, as we have been told many times, is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. Physical courage is bravery in the face of physical pain, hardship, even death or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, discouragement, or personal loss. A bishop should love his flock and allow courage to flow from his heart so that he can fulfill his episcopal responsibilities. The classical virtue of fortitude is also translated "courage", but … Praising another person for being courageous is always complimentary. In “On Living in an Atomic Age,” Lewis shares how he is “tempted to reply” to those who question how life should proceed under the constant threat of nuclear attack. Courage is a mean concerning things that involve confidence or fear; the courageous man feels and acts in as much as merit requires and reason prescribes. "Courage." Nothing remotely similar can be said for COVID. They have only revealed it for all of the world to see. Lay Witness (September/October 2006): 10-11. I think of goodness* (a good heart intention) as “pro” and villainy as “con”. "Courage" without love is simply not courage. ]”, This being the case, if and when it comes, “let that bomb…find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts,” and “not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. Without courage, it's hard to be compassionate and impossible to swallow pride and forgive. Shortly after word reached England that the Spanish Armada had embarked, the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, born in 1588, tells us that the terror induced in his mother labor pains that resulted in his premature birth. If love is not present, neither is virtue. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Samuel Johnson On the side of excess there is boldness (tharsos), 2) while the result of a deficiency is fear (phobos). Courage And Courage: The Definitions Of Courage. There is a great deal of truth in Aristotle’s view. Courage or bravery is a virtue, an excellence of character. Therefore, it is an everyday occurrence, expressed in a myriad of non-award-winning ways between family members, neighbors, and even strangers. Everyone wants to be seen as having courage these days, but the term, unfortunately, has been grossly politicized and, as a result, thoroughly trivialized. Of course, there are plenty of things that you fear that don’t, won’t, or can’t result in death. But after studying the virtue and learning more about being virtuous, I have found that it is the virtue of deciding between the two vices of cowardice and recklessness. But the secular worlds interest in the meaning behind these positive sounding words is minimal. To put this in terms with which most of us have long been familiar, the transformation of a cold virus into an existential crisis legitimizing the indefinite revocation of the United States Constitution and the reduction of the Land of the Free to an internment camp—and one in which its prisoners seem only all too happy to observe “Social Distancing” protocols while cowering behind their masks—has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that most people really are ridden with fear. A choice between standing up and fulfilling one’s mission, or sulking away and making compromises and excuses. So the researchers delved more deeply and discovered that, incredibly—miraculously—deaths in all other categories, in the categories of heart disease, respiratory illness, pneumonia, influenza, etc., decreased just as COVID deaths increased. It lacks pizzazz. The various virtues courage, compassion, generosity, and so on still ring well in the secular ear. Perseverance, industry, or diligence - often called endurance. Now, like all virtues, the virtue of courage (andreia, literally ‘manliness’) 1) deals with a mean, that is, a midpoint of moderation between two extreme points, which should both be avoided as they either involve excess or deficiency. The proof for this is that much stronger in light of a recent John Hopkins University study that was retracted within hours of having been published—despite the fact that, to the admission of those who retracted it, there wasn’t a syllable of it that was inaccurate. thinks of courage is the act of being brave in life-threatening situations. Courage is one of those virtues necessary to living a good life. In the hands of the politically oriented, courage can easily be bent out of shape and used in this distorted form for political purposes. Or is it merely an opportunity to promote a cause by canonizing a hero? Courage requires moderation. The virtue of courage, for example, is the middle position or the “golden mean” between rashness and cowardice, and liberality is the middle position between extravagance and miserliness. He is a regular columnist for the Saint Austin Review. Lewis’s contemporaries at least had something truly dangerous to fear, for an atomic bomb, being an indiscriminate killer, was certain to leave in its wake widespread destruction and death. It is the discipline to act on wisely-chosen values rather than an impulse. It is at once necessary and desirable—as long as it is oriented toward objects that warrant its attention. A driver’s education instructor became enraged when his car was cut off by another vehicle. The ancient root of the word "courage" is cor, which in Latin refers to the heart, a symbol of love. The explanation for this became at once self-evident: deaths in all of these other categories were being counted as COVID deaths (the paper can still be found in a PDF file). The elements of love and goodness are essential to the true meaning of courage. Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. Virtue is a disposition rather than an activity. But what is courage? Courage is one of the four classic western cardinal virtues. e.g. 2020: The Age of UnReason, the Year of Fear. And, as Aristotle long ago observed in his famous analysis of fear and courage, a person who habitually “fears the right thing, for the right motive, in the right way and at the right times” is a courageous person. It takes courage to do something nice when you really don't want to. The essence of Virtue lies in harmony between … is the flagship publication of Catholics United for the Faith. Courage, The Most Important Leadership Virtue. Aristotle’s definition of virtue is: virtue is a mean state between excess and deficiency. (4) Fortitude as one of the gifts from the Holy Ghost is a supernatural virtue, and passes beyond the Aristotelian range. COWARDICE is either retreat or complete inaction in the face of adversity, while recklessness is inchoate risk ‐ taking. Courage is moral strength in the face of danger. . "Moral courage" is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement. to apologize. Consider three recent recipients of "The Courageous Resister Award": James Pendergraft, a Florida physician who "courageously" continued performing late-term abortions in the face of strong public opposition; Dr. Wayne Goldner, who continued to provide abortions at a hospital even after it had come under the auspices of the Catholic Church; and the Rev. “’Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat at night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accident.’”, Lewis elaborates, warning against the loss of perspective that arises “by exaggerating the novelty of our situation.” Death was “a certainty” long before the invention of the atomic bomb. The opposite of courage, the vices, is either cowardliness or rashness. Courage is a strength drawn from a wise balance between the weaknesses of cowardice and recklessness. the month, and provides formation through biblical and catechetical articles with For sure, the inexhaustible fear-mongering on the part of opportunistic political partisans in the Government-Media-Industrial-Complex has exacerbated, exponentially exacerbated, the fears of tens and tens of millions of Americans. The three award-winners mentioned above did stick to their guns, so to speak; they went ahead and did what they thought to be right under stressful circumstances. Nor would that matter to him. Gregory Dell, whose ministry was revoked by the United Methodist Church when he violated church law in presiding over the "marriage" of two men. Is this consistent with his claim that some actions (such as … Lewis had written on the panic over the prospect of an atomic bomb attack that had seized the members of his generation. The ancient root of the word "courage" is cor, which in Latin refers to the heart, a symbol of love. written by leaders in the Catholic Church, each issue of Lay Witness keeps He was teaching a female student driver at the time, and he told her to chase down the vehicle. In the West, virtue ethics’ founding fathers are Plato andAristotle, and in the East it can be traced back to Mencius andConfucius. The Most Rev. "Thou shall not be judgmental" is one of the cardinal canons of political correctness. 2. But courage must possess both strength and love at the same time. A reader recently brought to my attention an article that C.S. It belongs to and fulfills the virtuous human person and therefore does not require any public accolade. In fact we are the first generation of leaders to be leading in such disruptive times. "Physical courage" is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death, or threat of death. This is especially troubling since courage is the virtue that underpins all other virtues. 1. 06/02/2016 04:06 pm ET Updated May 29, 2017 ... this takes courage. Aristotle defines virtue as a disposition to behave in the right manner. On the other hand, when a person habitually suffers a deficiency of fear—when he possesses less fear than he ought to possess—he has the vice of recklessness. Donald DeMarco is on the Advisory Board of The Catholic Education Resource Center. If love is not present, neither is virtue. Because courage allows us to act on our values rather than our impulses, its virtue has long been recognized. Nonetheless, as various Doctors of the Church have pointed out, humility is the most important and most elementary of all the virtues, indeed, the "Mother of all Virtues.". Donald. Courage is crucial to all the virtues becoming “voluntary” in Aristotle because as already discussed courage is the mean between fear and confidence. "Courage" without humility is self-serving, reckless, and dangerous. We need the courage to create a situation that is unpleasant for us. you informed on current events in the Church, the Holy Father's intentions for The point here, though, is that the millions of American citizens who have radically upended their lives (and the life of the whole society) due to their fear of contracting a virus with a mortality rate no different from that of seasonal influenza and from which most people who contract it don’t even get sick are consumed by an excess of fear. They may break our bodies…but they need not dominate our minds [.]”. Aristotle explains that a rash person seems to be a braggart who makes pretense of courage and a rash person mimics courage in those situations in which he can. "Courage" without humility is self-serving, reckless, and dangerous. Without courage, it's tough to be honest and impossible to speak truth to power. Other articles where Moral virtue is discussed: Aristotle: Happiness: Moral virtues are exemplified by courage, temperance, and liberality; the key intellectual virtues are wisdom, which governs ethical behaviour, and understanding, which is expressed in scientific endeavour and contemplation. Aristotle thought courage and temperance particularly important in order to acquire any virtue since courage and temperance are the virtues It is what, as Christians, we must always have in mind in order to make our actions acceptable for eternal life. Courage is “the mean” between the emotional extremes of “excess” and “deficiency.” Fear is a morally-neutral emotion in itself. This in turn means that for people who are not immunocompromised, COVID in the United States has a mortality rate of about five one thousandths of one-percent!). This week we drill down on what courage means. The present year is the Year of Fear. real-life applications for everyday Catholics. Virtues in general must act with that firmness which fortitude bestows (II-II, Q, cxxiii). In today's environment there is no leadership rule book. Political correctness, of course, has little regard for the principle of non-contradiction, and therefore allows people to judge certain individuals, precipitously and decisively, whenever it represents a political advantage. For instance, the virtue of courage consists of the disposition to feel neither too much nor too little fear, but rather some appro- priate amount in between. Rather, the retraction was made on the grounds that it could be “misinterpreted” or otherwise used for the nefarious purpose of disseminating “misinformation” regarding COVID. Aristotle says that virtue is a “mean” between extremes. Lewis concludes with a warning that all of us in the “COVID era” should take to heart: “Nothing is more likely to destroy a species or a nation than a determination to survive at all costs.”, A Daily Blog By Shillman Journalism Fellow Daniel Greenfield, A Project of the Aristotle So…if used in the cause of goodness, courage is inherantly a “pro” (though it might still cause some temporary turmoil). Aristotle said of it that it “is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others,” “the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” Courage is “the mean” between the emotional extremes of “excess” and “deficiency.” He memorably remarked that “fear and I were born twins together.”. But the secular worlds interest in the meaning behind these positive sounding words is minimal. Still, it is worth revisiting Lewis’s sagacious counsel, as his words resonate, or should resonate, more profoundly for those of us living today than perhaps at any other time within recent memory. "Inside Every Progressive They made it easy, however, for us to distinguish a true virtue from its imposter. The study, which was performed by the university’s students, found that the number of overall deaths in 2020 remained continuous with that of years past. Similarly, courage is the virtue that obtains when a person strikes upon the mean between excess and deficiency. Lay Witness This revelation came as a shock as the authors expected that deaths would be significantly higher given that this year, unlike in the past, COVID deaths would add to the total death toll. But courage must possess both strength and love at the same time. It persisted as the dominant approach in Western moralphilosophy until at least the Enlightenment, suffered a momentaryeclipse during the nineteenth century, but re-emerged inAnglo-American philosophy in the late 1950s. Come and see . Does it attest to love in action? Courage is the greatest of all virtues, because if you haven't courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others. Virtue, as defined by Aristotle, is a character trait that manifests in the habitual performance of a set of behavioural cues. We must be more circumspect about our use of the word "courage.". We have no best-seller entitled Profiles of Humility or The Humility To Be. What we need to remember, above all, is that true virtue is personal. Another Latin word, fortitudo (from which we derive the cardinal virtue of fortitude), brings out the strength that courage must possess. Let me suggest that it is the ability to choose the point that lies between cowardice and recklessness in any circumstance. DeMarco, 1987). Another Latin word, fortitudo (from which we derive the cardinal virtue of fortitude), brings out the strength that courage must possess. In practical terms, this means avoiding the extremes in a moral action of deficiency or excess. Courage or bravery is a virtue, an excellence of character. Courage is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Remember also that courage is a choice. . Courage is a meta virtue - meaning that it drives the other virtues. Is A Totalitarian Screaming To Get Out". It is enamored with sparkle and apathetic about substance. Another problem with courage is that people believe that it is unusual. Courage may be manifest as: Valor and bravery - Often called physical courage. The irrationality of their fear is staggering. It means being able to do what is right and virtuous, even if it is difficult to do. St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas warned against counterfeit virtues. In other words, when the fear is reasonable, when it is proportionate to the danger posed, it is fulfilling its natural function. Since the overwhelming majority of people to have died from “The Virus” suffered from multiple pre-existing conditions, they didn’t die from this virus at all; they died with it, perhaps, but not from it. When, though, a person habitually possesses an excess of fear—when he possesses more fear than he ought to possess—he has the vice of cowardice. Usually, the first thing that comes to mind is bravery in the face of a threat, yet it is so much more. It appeared in Greek thought at least as early as the Delphic Maxim nothing to excess and emphasized in later Aristotelian philosophy, For example, in the Aristotelian view, courage is a virtue, but if taken to excess would manifest as recklessness, and, in deficiency, cowardice. But after studying the virtue and learning more about being virtuous, I have found that it is the virtue of deciding between the two vices of cowardice and recklessness. Fred Henry, Bishop of Calgary, Alberta, has persisted in presenting Catholic teaching despite being ridiculed in the press, vilified in public, and threatened with imprisonment. Yet courage is as common as are love and goodness. He is not likely, however, to receive "The Courageous Resister Award." Aristotle recognized courage as the virtue at the mean between rashness and cowardice. He was charged with assault, suspended from his school jo… The other driver quickly took off, and the instructor ordered the student to chase him again. The various virtues courage, compassion, generosity, and so on still ring well in the secular ear. It is the year of raw, wildly irrational fear. If you’ve appreciated, Reflections on the Covid-19 Pandemic: A Search for Understanding, How to Remain Sane in a World That is Going Mad, Poetry That Enters the Mind and Warms the Heart. Courage poses another problem because people, by and large, regard it as the most dramatic, dazzling, and desirable of all the virtues. This low-key virtue falls under the radar. Donald DeMarco is adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary and professor emeritus at St. Jerome's University in Waterloo Ontario. The irrationality of the fear is determined by the nature of the object of the fear. Both an excess and a deficiency of fear are simply irrational or unreasonable amounts of fear. Called endurance of leaders to be courageous is always complimentary of rashness and deficiency of fear objects that warrant attention. Reader recently brought to my attention an article that C.S situation that is most publicly celebrated and... 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