I know, I know, I should be ashamed of myself. But I’m not. 😛

On the news last night, there was a story about an accident in which a motorcycle driver was trapped under a BMW. The car was on fire. Several people came to his aid by lifting the burning car off of him and pulling him to safety. You can watch the video HERE. When I watched this act of selflessness, I got a lump in my throat. Around a dozen men and women risked their own safety to try to save one man. One life is worth the risk of a dozen. Now, to some, this seems absurd.  To them, I say you obviously do not understand the crossroad of humanity where logic is defeated by compassion.

So what is bravery?

Dictionary.com says synonyms are: 1. intrepidity, fearlessness, boldness, daring, prowess, heroism, pluck, spirit, audacity, nerve, mettle, spunk.

Here are a few favorite quotes on bravery:

“The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly” Corra Harris

“Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.” Aristotle

“You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” Mary Tyler Moore

As a fiction writer, bravery is a key element in driving the story and giving my characters depth. Bravery can only come in a difficult situation, usually something life-altering or even life taking. It cannot be forced because bravery is a choice. It runs soul deep and is a a matter of morality, integrity and conviction.

I’ve also found it is a bit contagious. Think about it. How many of the people in that video do you think would have stepped forward on their own? I say one, maybe two. But as that first person moved, he sent a wave of bravery through the on-lookers and there was a call to act nobly. That is where the lump in my throat forms. That is the intersection of logic and compassion. And if you hadn’t noticed, compassion beats logic like rock breaks scissors…every time.

Do you need further proof? Let’s look at the prime example of logic and compare it to the prime example of compassion. Logically, I should burn in hell and so should all of you. I have sinned. I am far from perfect and the LAW demands perfection for eternal life. That nasty satan will try to convince you every day that you are unworthy of life. But then there is Jesus. He bravely died, defeated death and gave me and you a way to eternal life. That is the epitome of compassion. The kicker is our sin is against Him, and yet…mercy.

When humanity stands bravely, they emulate Jesus.

John 16:33

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Peace, love, and God’s will.

About Diane Graham

Diane Graham lives in the mountains of eastern Oklahoma with her husband, children and many dogs. She is an avid reader and lover of all art forms that encapsulate imagination and goodness. Her debut novel I Am Ocilla was released in March 2012.

14 comments on “Bravery

  1. My Dearest Youngest Daughter,

    Throughout the ages there have been a few more words tacked on to the meaning of bravery. “Foolish, Blind, Ridiculous,Careless,Thoughtless.” I could probably think of a few more, but the point I am trying to make is.True bravery is not thought out, it is just done. There have been times when I have jumped into action without thought, It was just a natural instinct, Then there have been times when I couldn’t understand why I didn’t do more, It is true that bravery is contagious just as cowardice is. But I truly believe that it is something that is put on us in the least expected moment. I don’t think it is something we are in control of.For there are more brave souls in this life than we realize. I believe that fear sometimes holds us back,but not always for I have rushed to someones aide before without a thought but later trembled like a leaf when I realized what might have transpired. I only know in my heart that I would like to think that I would be the brave soul,but I wouldn’t bank on it.

  2. “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyways.” John Wayne

    Have you seen the video titled Boatlift about the evacuation of Manhattan? That’s courage as well.

  3. Hi Diane. Interesting post, especially in regard to story characters. Thanks.

  4. I still do a lot of research every day even though I am between writing gigs and I especially did research right before the 9-11 10th anniversary memorial. 9-11 is something that I never want to forget even though Al Jazera and the New York Times wants us all to “move on”. I refuse to forget . I posted an article on my facebook with quotes after 9-11 those ten years ago,from celebrities mostly. Bill Mahr said that the guys that flew the planes into the buildings were “brave”. Why anyone watches his show, who knows? He is an idiot. They were misguided, brainwashed , evil, men. Nothing more, nothing less. Certainly not brave. So, I really needed this column today (this is a recording). Thanks!

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