WHY COURAGE MATTERS 3
WhyCourage Matters Responses
Byindicating that all virtues are fragile without courage, McCain(2008) means that courage is what gives other virtues a foundation tostand as virtues amidst attempts to corrupt them. McCain (2008)quotes the late Abraham Lincoln by expressing that courage is thefirst virtue since it existence automatically leads to the existenceof other virtues. He argues that courage is the only virtue thatguarantees the survival of the other virtues through the world filledwith corruption and negative pressure to break the virtues.
Moralcourage is the having the ability and the initiative of doing what aperson feels is ethically correct and avoid what he or she feels itis morally incorrect. For instance, if a teacher is confronted by aminister to give his son a good grade while he performed poorly, itwill take the teacher a moment of moral courage to say “No” tothe temptation to be politically inclined and honor the request.
By“Doing one’s nearest duty,” MacCain (2008) means that peopleshould determine what is moral and take courage to do what they cando in their capacity. By indicating this, the position of McCain as ahigh-profile politician does not add any element to the idea. This isbecause the idea is a universal good that any rational and moralhuman being will take or advise people to take.
Bychoosing to serve his country and follow the rules not to betray hiscolleagues as a soldier, McCain took a decision of moral courage. Hechose what was right, appropriate and necessary to uphold the causeof the mission. However, it is through physical courage of enduringpain that he was able to pay the price of moral courage.
McCain,J. (2008). WhyCourage Matters: The Way to a Braver LifeNewYork: Ballantine