Courage

Courage is not the opposite of fear – it is the defiance of fear. Looking fear in the eye, we gird up our loins and act anyway. However, to be courageous doesn’t mean to be reckless. Recklessness is thoughtless. Courage is thoughtful. When we are reckless we don’t recognise – or acknowledge…

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Reflection

All animals – including humans – can use their brains to think and their thoughts can then be transformed into actions.  However, only human beings appear to have the capacity to reflect on their actions. Conscience, free will, self-mastery, imagination etc., are all facets of reflection. When we think and…

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Courtesy

Now here’s a misunderstood virtue.   Courtesy. It has come to be synonymous with pointless protocol or manipulative patter designed to delude.  It isn’t any of these things. Courtesy is simply showing respect for others – even small children and people who have no power or influence.  Respect for their…

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Kindness

In any environment the atmosphere will moderate the growth.  Kindness allows all the conditions essential for human growth and development to exist. Kindness is often misrepresented as a fuzzy, soppy state, devoid of rationality and reserved for children and animals who don’t know any better. This couldn’t be further from…

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