Courage!I've become more and more convinced of the importance of the virtue of courage (fortitude) in recent years. I'm not the only one who's noticing this. Although there is a feminine version of the virtue, I'm thinking mostly of the manly version, as I've hinted at in a previous post.
I think a lot about the men in the ancient epics. Would I ever have that kind of courage? I took this test and scored a 35. Darn, I'm a coward! Of course, I would not run into an apartment building to rescue a cat. That one hurt me.
I had a friend in college who did a stint as a radio operator for Witnesses for Peace on the Nicaraguan border in the 1980s. He was captured by the Contras, but escaped to tell about it. While I may not agree with his politics, I at least admire his valor.
I think many of us men who grew up in the late 20th century were inculcated with a certain timidity. Perhaps it was from seeing those images of the slaughter in Viet Nam at too early an age. Perhaps it was the commentary that accompanied those images. I don't know. I just know that I regret it and want my boys to learn courage. And to defend the weak. These are so important.
Like I said, I'm not addressing the feminine version of the virtue.