Canada eh? continues the dialog:
Ok, an error. Around our family, what’s a few balls? Our dog chases them everywhere.
I meant COURAGE, which my dictionary translates as.. See below…..
Etymology: Middle English corage, from Old French, from cuer heart, from Latin cor — more at HEART
: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
synonyms COURAGE, METTLE, SPIRIT, RESOLUTION, TENACITY mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship. COURAGE implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty . METTLE suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience . SPIRIT also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one’s own or keep up one’s morale when opposed or threatened . RESOLUTION stresses firm determination to achieve one’s ends . TENACITY adds to RESOLUTION implications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat .
I think the above certainly describes my description of "strength of character." We are discussing the same thing. The true definition of courage is as above, however I think that many think of courage as what it takes to win the Congressional Medal of Honor or saving a person drowning in the lake. !} Being at the right place at the right time and 2)Not stopping to think about what your actions could result in to yourself. Its a selfless act.
"Strength of Character" lasts longer than the moment that one dives on the grenade or jumps in the river. It is a life’s work of small and large actions that you do simply because of who you are.
PS Its good to hear that our governments are equally screwed up — but then I think that is most likely the textbook definition of most of them. Mussolini made the trains run on time. We can’t do that, however we spend so much time arguing over inconsequential things that we have to have a 9/11 incident to goad us into a war. Democracies are good that way. The governments are so involved in themselves they forget to fight other democracies and react only to a severe outside threat, and then usually years later than they should. Totalitarian states seem to go to war on a whim. "Its Thursday, lets attack Kuwait." Good things, these disastrous democracies.