- Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy said, “The stories of past courage can define that ingredient–they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul.”
I believe the courage to which President Kennedy referred was the moral courage that Author Ernest Hemingway wrote about in A Farewell to Arms. He wrote about this rare, moral courage of the soul when he said:
“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society.
Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.
Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.”
Mark Twain said, “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”
In our current war-torn, disaster-struck, economically declining world, which is yielding most painfully to change, there is a great need for people with rare, moral courage–people who will stand up and say, “Count me in…
I want to do my part to help change the world and make it a better place for all humanity. I will hope, pray, and strive to gain a moral courage that is greater than the disapproval, censure, and wrath of society.”
The following YouTube video explains the difference between physical courage and moral courage:
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