Essay on Moral Courage : Courage And Courage

1753 Words Jul 4th, 2015 8 Pages
Maria Kabushinskaya
Moral courage Moral courage the courage to take action for moral reasons despite the risk of adverse consequences. (Staub, E. 2012) The ancient Greeks described courage as a desired response to physical danger. Courage, or fortitude, is the ability to confront fear, intimidation, danger, difficulty and uncertainty. It is the ability to face a challenge without cowardice. In ancient Greece, courage was regarded as a military virtue, a character trait of soldiers waging war on the battlefield. To paraphrase the words of Winston Churchill, moral courage is the first of the human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others. Courage is not only an extra or supernumerary virtue, but rather a critical human quality that serves as a necessary precondition for all other forms of moral conduct. (Churchill, 1937). Nelson Mandela suggested that moral courage is not the absence of fear; but, it is the strength to triumph over one’s fear and to act upon it. (Stengel, 2008) Moral courage is the ability to transcend fear and endure risk to put ethics into actual practice as the people of Nazi German demonstrated. Nelson Mandela served as a leader for the civil rights movements in South Africa during the 1960’s. He demonstrated great moral and physical courage by leaving his life behind and giving all to his country for a cause that he strongly believed in. Giving daring speeches and boycotts he was sentenced to prison for eighteen years.…

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