Moral courage is something that this world needs. As we continue to face social instability, rumors of wars, terrorism, brutality, racism, systemic oppression and fear of social expulsion. Many have chose to remain silent. One of the greatest tragedies of life is not violence, war or oppression. But those that remain to stay silent, indifferent and passive in the face of challenges.
A great biblical scripture states “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, is with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., "History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
He also said, "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
A big question remains, is someone your friend when they remain silent while you are being harmed. Or better yet when they have an inability to even see the injustices.
He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Negative impact on your mind when you ignore the truth
When a person chooses to be indifferent or ignore reality it causes further damage to them and those around them. This causes what I like to call a "false reality" which in turn does not allow true connection in relationship, a closer community and lastly a society that has a chance to move forward.
Often we say we care, we want change, we desire peace, joy and freedom for all. But it seems that it is more common to let someone else fight the battle. We must ask the question:
- Who will fight for justice if i don't
- Who will speak for those who have no voice
- Who will fight for the weak if I don't
- Who will stand for justice for all people if I don't
- And lastly...If I am found in a compromising situation and the result of abuse
- Who will fight for me?
By exercising the moral courage within all of us, we create an environment where all people are inspired to fight for justice at all times for all people. Courage is required to take action when we have doubts or fears about the consequences.
Moral courage therefore involves communication within our inner self. Moral courage is taking action while facing our fears, societal criticism and possible negative reaction. But the result of moral courage is the very thing we benefit from now, the ability for me to write this article, for you to be readngi this article, to work, to self determination and the freedom of thought. Moral courage is as much a part of our life as the air we breath.
Fear is a false, negative expectation that has yet to happen. That is not guaranteed to happen and ultimately a negative imagination of our mind. We must stand together for peace, harmony, justice for all and for all to have freedom of choice.
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The freedom to deal with the consequences and success of our decisions that is the result of moral courage. Be bold, as like a roaring lion. 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”