If I asked you what “moral courage” meant to you, what would you say?
After all, we all know what “normal” courage means – bravery to overcome something that we’re fearful of. But moral courage?
That’s a little different. The accepted definition is,
…the willingness to face not physical danger but emotional pain, disapproval, financial insecurity, or uncertainty rather than compromise an ethical principle.Michael Josephson
While courage takes immense bravery to overcome a physical fear, moral courage is an uncompromising stand for ethics and what you believe in.
It’s this kind of passion and determination that can help connect us, no matter our differences.
It’s also shown in spades by this message from Australian football legend, Neale Daniher, in his address to the Melbourne Football Club.
The Moral Courage to Inspire Others
Daniher was diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) for which there is no treatment, and no cure.
Simply put, it will kill him.
But instead of wallowing in self-pity, which would have been completely understandable, Daniher is sharing his wisdom and lessons with those whose lives he can still impact.
In the video below, he shares his hopes for his new grandson Cooper and, by doing so, inspires the watching players to think about their place in the world, and how they can use their own moral courage when the need arises.
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