One of the 6 questions of Socrates, the other 5 are in their own topics. gives:


the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
Obsolete . the heart as the source of emotion.

What do you think?

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I disagree with the definition above. I would say that courage is acting in spite of fear, rather than without fear. It takes no courage at all to deal with a situation that does not inspire fear.

I agree with you. 

Courage is the complement of fear. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous. (He is also a fool.)
-- Robert A. Heinlein

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I agree, being blind to fear is not courage.

Does courage have to be for a "good" cause?

La bravoure procède du sang, le courage vient de la pensée.

Napoleon Bonaparte 

Off with their heads

"Does courage have to be for a "good" cause?"

Good question (pun unintended).  Of course it begs the usual questions of definition -- what is courage; what is good?  Is "good" what is good for some definition of larger society, or for the individual actor, or a particular gene sequence?  Is "courage" acceptance of personal risk altruistically, or is it adherance to personal values in opposition to social opinion?  Is courage a component necessary for someone to fly airplanes into buildings or blow themselves up on a bus?  How about if it's jumping out of a trench and running across withering fire to toss a grenade into the enemy trench?

I'd say that we could define courage, hard as that is, far easier than we could define good.



Were there courageous Nazis or KGB agents?  Certainly, those who might qualify for their actions for their cause would have thought so at the time.  "Good," like too many other things, is in the eye of the beholder.

I suppose the question could be begged as to how many people, regardless of their party affiliation, benefited from those actions, versus who stood to lose from those same actions

Certainly ...blind belief in a system has to be fought for ....... the human mind is in a constant state of confusion unsure of what is best

its the psychopath who rule who controls  directs who lies ...all are thugs some in ermine with lots of Bling and educated smart suit nice tie ......some in rags

the term GOOD is not in their vocabulary 

Too much time on his hands..idle hands and all that

With fear ...............without fear there is no bravery 


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