Friday, May 16, 2008

Physical Courage vs. Moral Courage

In noting the distinction between physical and moral courage, Mark Twain once wrote: "It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare."

True, it is rare. There are many physically courageous people who would rather die in a cause they know to be unjust than to stand alone, risking the scorn of the world, and say, “Hell no, I won’t go.” Therefore, when we see such rare moral courage, we should take note of it:

US soldier refuses to serve in 'illegal Iraq war'