Courage: the forgotten virtue

Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin

Our ‘call from arms’ for the Swan Island Peace Convergence is “Be brave — resist the war!”  Courage is something Melbourne writer Maria Turmarkin has given a lot of thought and she this to say about it:

“I believe that courage (from Latin cor meaning heart) is the forgotten virtue in Australian public life.  Without it, we are stuck with the politics of convenience, not conviction. Without it, we are surrounded by thinking that confirms our fears and feeds our sense of entitlement. I believe that we need courage (as much of it as we can handle) to stop slogans replacing actual ideas and to make sure that opportunism and cynicism do not come to dominate our public life.”