True Courage Essay

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True Courage Courage – The ability to do something that frightens one Courage – Strength in the face of pain or grief Courage – Acting on ones beliefs despite danger or disapproval What is true courage? A dog staying by its wounded masters side knowing a pack of wolves are nearing Standing up for someone that is being bullied Bravery in the face of adversary Acts of true courage usually go unnoticed. Why? Simply because people that show true courage, very rarely boast about it. When thinking of historical figures such as Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jnr and Rosa Parks we tend to believe them to be ‘God’ like in certain respects due to their incredible acts of heroism and bravery where they stood up for their beliefs regardless of the dangers or disapproval they would face. Although it is right that we should remember them and the impact they had on our society, what we must remember is that they were simply ordinary people who showed extraordinary courage in their lifetime. An example of true courage is The Unknown Rebel at the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests. Little can be verified of the one protester, who faced off with the tanks of the People’s Liberation Army in June 1989. As the column of tanks drove down Chang’an Avenue to control the Tiananmen Square protests, a single unarmed man blocked their path and continually thwarted their attempts to maneuver around him by stepping in their way. Eventually onlookers pulled the student back into the crowd, where he disappeared. Yet despite his anonymous, brief appearance, the media coverage of his nonviolent act resounded throughout the global community. He is listed as one of the 100 most revolutionary people in the 20th century. Another example of true courage is Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. One of the finest orators and civil rights leaders of the 20th
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