The Code of Courage


If at this juncture of my life, someone were to ask me my greatest lesson in my life journey hitherto, it is simply this:

Do Not Be Afraid!

Fear is the greatest defeat. The terror of what/why/how/when/which/how…Rudyard Kipling’s six horsemen assume various hues and menacing postures in the mind of a human being. But the moment one decides that there is no looking back, courage comes in a great flood of blessing.

The sinews are strengthened and the mind becomes sharp as a razor. Because, there is nothing more stronger than human will power.

Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote famously in his poem Sir Galahad:

My good blade carves the casques of men,

My tough lance thrusteth sure,

My strength is as the strength of ten

Because my heart is pure…

If you have watched the children’s movie ‘Bug’s Life’ you will realize that the moment the humble ants discovered their inner strength, the terrible ‘Hopper’ lost his power over them.

 Hopper : ” Let this be a lesson to all you ants! Ideas are very dangerous things! You are mindless, soil-shoving losers, put on this Earth to serve us!”
Flik: “You’re wrong, Hopper. Ants are not meant to serve grasshoppers. I’ve seen these ants do great things, and year after year they somehow manage to pick food for themselves and you. So-so who is the weaker species? Ants don’t serve grasshoppers! It’s you who need us! We’re a lot stronger than you say we are… And you know it, don’t you?

So, where does that leave us? Every single woman, man, child, who is fighting injustice in any manner should tap into the inner fortitude first. The laws, the rules, the mechanisms of ensuring justice shall soon follow…But first, when a perpetrator  tries to bully you, simply adopt the Samurai Code… at least the two tenets of Justice and Courage.

To quote…(taken from website)
Rectitude : A well-known samurai defines it this way: ‘Rectitude is one’s power to decide upon a course of conduct in accordance with reason, without wavering; to die when to die is right, to strike when to strike is right.’

Courage : Confucius says: ‘Perceiving what is right and doing it not reveals a lack of Courage.’

So, what are you waiting for? Pick up the sword of the samurai within you! And walk with steely strength of your own courage… Be your own savior as someone wise once said.


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