Quote of the Day: Courage


“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill

Churchill is right on both counts. It takes courage to stand up and speak, especially when your words go counter to today’s conventional and delivered wisdom. That goes double, or maybe triple in today’s cancel culture, when speaking the truth could cost you your job and your fortune, and turn you into an outcast.  There is too little of that going on today, although there is beginning to be more of it.

But it also takes courage to sit down and listen to contrary opinion – and even more courage to accept what you believed was wrong and the contrary opinion is correct. Indeed, in his brilliant book The People of the Lie, M. Scott Peck convincingly argues that evil emerges when people lack the courage to abandon false beliefs and instead fight to hang on to them. This dynamic can be seen in today’s Woke culture, but it has been present many times before, most notably in Mao Cultural Revolution and in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Soviet Union.

It takes a brave individual to stand up and speak when they know they will be shouted down. It takes an equally brave one to listen and decide from the basis of that listening, to change their mind.

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  1. She Reagan

    Excellent, wise, and timely advice from one of the 20th century’s most quotable men.


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  2. Randy Webster Member
    Randy Webster

    Seawriter: It takes a brave individual to stand up and speak when they know they will be shouted shot.


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  3. Seawriter Contributor

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Seawriter: It takes a brave individual to stand up and speak when they know they will be shouted shot.


    We are not quite there. Yet.

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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn

    We are so wedded to our ideas that we are unable to distance ourselves from them to reflect on them. We believe we will be lost without them; by clinging to them, we are already lost.

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  5. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil Fawlty

    Like Dan Rather?

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  6. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Like Dan Rather?

    That is an apt example. I am also thinking Bernie Sanders who has never abandoned Communism.

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