The Duke on Courage
“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”
— John Wayne,
It is good to remember the distinction between just plain not being afraid and courage as overcoming fear. Who is braver?
If a person is not afraid of horses, for example, and in fact loves horses, then getting on a horse is not an act of bravery, it is just a way to have fun. Some bronc riders are fearless; others have fear but are courageous. Observers can’t tell the difference.
This principle applies to more than physical courage. If a person is afraid to make a difficult telephone call, but does it anyway because it needs to be done, that person is showing courage by facing what is feared.
It is appropriate that an actor who played roles of brave characters reminds us that we can act brave even when we are afraid. Acting brave can be courageous.