If Truth is the First Principle, then Courage must be the second. We cannot have Courage until we first have Truth because, without Truth, there is nothing worth fighting for. But having first attained Truth and the Rock, then we have a reason to be courageous, then we have something of immeasurable worth. Once we know what is right, we become unflinching and lionhearted.
To be courageous is to be brave. Courage is the ability to stand tall in the face of danger and pain. Courage is boldness and daring. Courage is feeling the fear but doing what is right anyway. It is holding our head high when all those around us abandon us. It is staying true to our beliefs when the world turns upsidedown on its head and tries to tell us that up is down and down is up. Courage allows us to hold steady to our faith in the Truth, which is our faith in ourselves.
|The ability to stand tall in the face of danger and pain.|
Courage is discipline. As the brother of Truth, Courage does not shrink in its unwavering knowledge of the foundation of life. Even when the world seems to be falling apart, the person who has Courage disciplines himself to be undaunted in his response. Even when everyone else goes in another direction, the person who has Courage holds fast to his course. When smoke and mirrors and beguiling fruits place a barrier in front of his eyes so that he is blind, the person with Courage holds the Sword of Valor steady and refuses to leave the Path.
If you have unlocked the Second Principle, you have unlocked the knowledge of yourself and, thereby, the secrets of the natural world. This knowledge emboldens you to dare to silently stand your ground and to give not one hair’s width of your integrity to the enemy.