Bravery...

... all of my life, it seems, I have been surrounded by fearless people.... and in a way, I have never been able to fully understand them.... they have always inspired me, sure... but I have to admit that they scared me just a bit, too.... their seeming ability to be bold in the face of danger or doubt.... but me, myself, well, I've never been fearless.... I have always been the cautious one.....

.... I remember watching my little brother dive off the side of a rock quarry when he was ten years old.... our usual back-country swimming hole... I was fourteen at the time and felt a huge tinge of guilt as he hit the water - having completed a flawless 1 flip.... I floated there - bobbing in the wake that his dive left and surrounded by my cheering friends - and knew that I would never have the courage to do what he had just done....

.. years later while on leave from the Corps, I jumped from the high-dive at the local pool with my hands tied behind me and my feet tied together... surrounded by the community swim team, I demonstrated my newly found skills.... they were impressed, sure... but it was not a show of bravado.... it was merely an example of something which the MCIWS training regimen had given me... I had the confidence of training behind me..... there is a big difference...

... these days I search around me for bravery.... I continually search.... and I find it in the most unusual of places.... waking each day, I look at myself and the people that I surround myself with... I read and watch.....

.... I was wrong when I was a child, you know....

... courage has absolutely nothing to do with being fearless.... it is the exact opposite, in fact.... courage can only really be brought to the surface when you are truly afraid.....

by Eric on July 17, 2006 | Bullshit (6) | TrackBack (0) | Military Stuff
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True enough SWG. It's the difference between being foolhardy and truly brave....

Bullshitted by Libby on July 17, 2006 10:24 AM

Great post Eric, and so true.

Bullshitted by Lisa W. on July 17, 2006 10:59 AM

"courage can only be brought to the surface when you are truly afraid..."

True, so true. Great post, Eric.

Bullshitted by Richmond on July 17, 2006 12:02 PM

Another remarkably oblique post by the Master of Obliqueness. Obliquosity? Obliquitude?

Bullshitted by Elisson on July 17, 2006 01:14 PM

Alexander Pope said, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
So why do we do it?

Bullshitted by marcus on July 17, 2006 02:45 PM

I would have a hard time following a leader who was in fact fearless. These kind of people get themselves and their people killed by being foolhardy and after glory. I have seen brave people in action; both in places where one had to dodge bullets and in places where the courage was shown by the willingness to risk a career by saying what we all knew but the top brass didn't want to hear. Sometimes I figure that it is easier to be courageous when one's life is in danger than when one risks a career and reputation to speak up against a policy that one knows is wrong.

Bullshitted by GUYK on July 17, 2006 03:14 PM