Courage

Definition: the quality of choosing to face difficulty, pain and/or danger.

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Courage is one of the heroic traits that usually makes people think of climbing Mount Everest or jumping in front of a bus to throw someone out of harm’s way. While those are both very courageous things, most people might not realize courage takes many forms.

  • Prince Zuko from the show Avatar: The Last Airbender first shows immense courage by facing his father and telling him that he is switching to the Avatar’s side. He faced his father’s blast of lightning and calmly threw it back at him.
  • Rosa Parks showed courage by not giving up her seat in the front of the bus to a white man, which was an offense that came with jail time. She sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott which showed the first true sign of Black economic and political power.

Courage isn’t only conquering another warrior from an invading kingdom or running into a burning building to save people who are trapped. Courage can be standing up for what is right against a few or thousands, working a job you do not want in order for your family to be well off, or just simply choosing to be heroic everyday.

  • Prince Zuko and Rosa Parks simply stood up for what was right. Prince Zuko switched to the good side while Rosa Parks would not give up her bus seat.

When you think of courage, what do you think of?

Who is the most courageous person you know and why?

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