Tales of bravery, patriotism, courage from time immemorial attracted people. It’s something that makes us appreciate the unbelievable, make us stand up and take note of something that seems unbelievable at first glance. Yet, one behavioral attribute mirrors heroism: bravery.
Bravery can be described simply as being brave or courageous in possession and display. Bravery has also been associated with various characters which is also known as courage, strength, will, and intrepidity. Being brave doesn’t mean being courageous. It means doing what a person is supposed to do.
Bravery also plays a crucial role in heroism, for without bravery, one cannot perform an act of heroism. But how is bravery important to one’s heroism? Here is how it goes.
Bravery is a spiritual quality that allows us to face danger or pain without fear, but one of people’s often misconceived notions is that being brave means being fearless. Being brave doesn’t mean we’re not afraid of hardship; it means we have the courage to conquer whatever fear we have.
In other words, bravery is a behavioral trait that enables us to overcome our inhibitions, our inner fears, and gives us the strength to do what we feel is right, regardless of the repercussion. It’s something that impregnates a sense of self-belief in us that can make us scale mountains and do things that we thought we could never do.
Moreover, bravery comes in three elements—physical, moral, and psychological.
- Physical bravery includes acting or doing something given potential harm to one’s body. A typical example of this is the inspirational tales of the past or the cases in which we fight for our convictions even in the face of physical danger.
- Moral bravery means acting in a way that increases or reinforces one’s confidence in being good and true. This is fundamentally opposed to public opposition and other ways of reaction. This symbolizes, in today’s world, standing up against the jealous or the moral police.
- Psychological bravery deals with behaving against one’s own natural urges & impulses, facing and conquering our inner demons. It usually has no moral implications for society. Examples of this can be overcoming one’s addictions such as alcohol, addictions to smoking, etc.; overcoming excessive anxieties and aspects of parasitic relations
Another reason why bravery is very important when it comes to heroism is that the former is a highly behavioral trait when we speak of psychological terms. Bravery keeps the world going. We’re looking for it in all the people around us. It’s the difference between a hero and a wannabe hero, an entrepreneur and a wannabe entrepreneur, and it’s the secret to achieving success in any form of activity in life. We can equate a popular idea with the amount of bravery its supporters put in. If bravery is absent in our personality, then how will we be able to persevere in our lives? If no one is brave, who will be the one to face the status quo and make a difference in our society? If we want change, if we want to attain peace, then one person, if not everyone, should instill bravery within him.