A reminder about solitude, courage and preparation


I have been going back and forth with a friend about courage and the frontier mindset often shown in the Sagas versus a modern life.  We talked a lot about moral courage and physical courage.  Part of the discussion was that many of the characters in the Sagas focus on physical courage where modern life frequently requires moral courage.  I have wanted to make a post on this for some time but did not have the words.  Clearly, William Deresiewicz did.  From the article:

Courage: there is physical courage, which you all possess in abundance, and then there is another kind of courage, moral courage, the courage to stand up for what you believe.

The speaker was talking to West Point graduates in 2010, who are generally in great physical shape and prepared for hardship by that point via training and constant reinforcement.

Training for moral courage requires time, preparation and a plan.  It also requires reflection and purpose.  Take some time to step back and ponder this.  You cannot decide these things in the moment, you have to prepare for them BEFORE they happen.  You have to have thought through Right Action first, not then.

Often, we face these things unready and thoughts of career or other things get in our way.  Have a back up plan and know that very few things in life are worth selling your soul or your identity as a person for.  The price is often far too high.  As the Stoics would say, the time to train for this most important of events is before you are in the competition.  Reflect now, and know what matters to you. 

Know what matters to you and what you will stand for, then focus there.

One response to “A reminder about solitude, courage and preparation”

  1. aeddubh says :

    “An inch. It’s small and it’s fragile and it’s the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.”

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