Some people say that courageous people are never afraid.
Not true. They are afraid all the time.
The difference between someone who is brave, and someone who is a coward, is that the brave person acts in spite of their fear, while the coward lets it win.
Courage is also seeing the truth, as it really is, rather than how we would want it to be. It means not settling for the explanations that are given to us, but digging deeply, checking our own sources, and thinking critically about the result. There are so many common misconceptions that would be seen through if more people had the courage to see clearly.
It takes courage to shout the truth – it takes more courage to speak it, politely and in a reasoned way. More people need to pause, consider their words, and then speak only the truth rather than resorting to shadings or leaning on the common rhetoric.
Here is a post I did about courage that has some tips for overcoming fear if you, too, want to be brave.
After all, cowardice is not a life sentence.