“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ― Nelson Mandela
Yesterday, the idea… “Brave men and women without honor and cowardly men and women with honor all look the same, because they either do the wrong thing or they do nothing… which results in the wrong thing”. I grappled with the simplicity of the idea, confident there was philosophical and spiritual aspects that went far beyond my comprehension.
After thinking about it for a while, I thought to take a closer look at the terms, “brave”, “cowardly”, and “honor” in hopes of more insight.
Brave – having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty.
Cowardly – being, resembling, or befitting a coward. Here, coward refers to one who shows disgraceful fear or timidity.
Honor – good name or public esteem : reputation : a showing of usually merited respect.
When I felt the concept “brave cowards” materializing in my mind. At first the phrase seemed too contradictory. I kept asking God… am I understanding correctly? Can such an oxymoron as “brave cowards” make sense? Then I was reminded of, 1 Corinthians 2:5, That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Is there such a thing as brave cowards? Maybe there are! Maybe brave cowards are just those men and women, who overcome their cowardly ways by rejecting that which is wrong. Maybe brave cowards… sometime act honorable, because they think of others and do what is right. If only for a moment… or a lifetime… or eternity…
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.