Definition Of Courage

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Some may ask, what is “courage”? Courage is, the ability to do what others cannot. Courage is doing the impossible when nobody thought it could be done. Courage is not something that is passed on through family genes. Courage is, bravery, heroism, valor, grit, boldness, etc. Courage is God given. Courage is the ability to look in the face of adversity and persevere. Courage is also being able to be calm, cool, and collected through that adversity. There are many different ways of demonstrating courage. Maybe not a demonstration so much as just pure instinct and impulsive action. Courage is based off of many things but there are three key components that makeup courage: fear, faith, and the heat of the moment. As Children, we are spoon fed…show more content…
Take Derek Jeter for example. He is the forty year old shortstop of the New York Yankees. He has had one of the best, if not the best, career at shortstop in the history of baseball. Derek has decided to hang his cleats up after a twenty-two year career. In my own opinion, that takes courage. Giving up the only thing that you’ve ever known, the only constant in your life. That’s a scary thing to think about. However, I do not think that this is the most courageous thing in the world nor does it take the most courage to accomplish. I am simply saying that it takes courage to do such a…show more content…
I know that this is what I think about. These men and women are in a foreign country, in an unfamiliar land, away from their families, risking their lives for our freedom. This is what courage is. This is what courage stands for. Harry S. Truman once said, “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” I believe that Truman meant that without courageous leaders, people do not know what to do, therefore progress will not occur. This goes for the leaders of the military as well. Without those leaders, most soldiers do not know what to do so wars cannot be won. If wars cannot be won, we would not be free. Courageous leaders must also be able to give orders that ordinary leaders and soldiers would not be able to give. That being said, George S. Patton once made the quote that, “Always do everything you ask of those you command.” If those courageous leaders could not do what they command their soldiers to do, then it should not be asked of them to do so. The military is probably the most courageous of any example you could give because, in war, you exemplify fear, faith, and are almost always in the heat of the
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