Really. Inigo said it best, albeit he wasn't referring to today's Word du Jour.
Today's vocabulary word is Courage. Say it with me. Courage. I knew you could.
What does this word mean? As with Every. Single. Word. On. The. Planet.
To a 5 year old, "courage" means being able to walk into a dark room and hunt around for the light switch.
To a person dying of an incurable disease, it means looking death in the eye and saying, "bring it."
To a paramedic, it means running into a vehicle that is on fire, grabbing the person inside the car and pulling them out.
To you, it may mean something else. Here, I will give you examples to define what it means to me.
The classical definition of courage can be found here. I like what Omar has to say. Here's another. I like Nelson's quote.
Let me suggest to you that all the people so
I tell you right now, This. Is. Not. Courage.
Before someone rips my head off (
Veteran Galloway deserves respect, honor, admiration, accolades, laurels and
But saying overcoming and powering through the loss of limbs to become an elite athlete is courage? Hang on to that thought
How about, determination. Drive. Ability. Stick-To-Itiveness. Strength. Character. Zeal. Keep going.
Courage is made up of all those things Veteran Galloway embodies. Indeed, in his push to become an elite athlete, he did display courage. He had to. No doubt it helped him to excel.
To say he is the poster boy for courage as displayed by athletes?
Point blank – Courage is overcoming fear. Ayn Rand said the worst possible thing you can do to someone is refusing to admit they exist. You want to know fear? Be abandoned by absolutely everyone. Be rejected by absolutely everyone. There's you some fear. Why is the fear of public speaking ranked higher than a fear of death? Rejection and ridicule.
Veteran Galloway did have to overcome some fear as he worked to become an athlete. What he did NOT have to overcome is the ridicule of a nation, the jeers of the people who once supported him. Galloway did not have to worry about his family being vilified. He didn't have to worry about how his family would support him. He might have suspected there'd be some rejection, but he could not know it for certain.
If you bothered to follow those links, you now know what I am talking about. Whether or not you support Caitlyn/Bruce Jenner, one thing is undeniable. This human being had to overcome a
The question is, which took MORE courage? Standing up and making a profound, irreversible change in personal and public identity despite knowing excoriating attacks would follow or regaining what was lost?
Both people made a change. Both people serve as an inspiration to others like them. Only one of the two is going to be attacked for the rest of that person's life, and beyond, for the change that was made.
One person displayed more courage. You should be able to get my opinion on who has more courage. YMMV.
While I'm here, do you really
I know Veteran Galloway will point to these guys and say "There's real courage." I hope Jenner will do the same.
One last thing. The meme is also wrong.