Courage versus Recklessness

Courageversus Recklessness

Courageis the ability to do something that other people are afraid to do.There are two broad types of Courage: there is physical courage thatinvolves the ability to persevere pain while in the process ofachieving something and there is moral courage that involves theability to act correctly in the eyes of popular opposition. One mayhave to endure public humiliation or discouragement in the process ofachieving something. On the other hand, recklessness generallyinvolves the act of a person pursuing a course of action whileknowingly disregarding the fact that the given action can give riseto a substantial and unjustifiable risk.

Courageinvolves approaching the issue one wants to risk doing with a lot ofcaution. One is usually aware of the consequences of the action whilewhen one is reckless they usually approach the issue with little orno caution. One can either be aware of the consequences, and theychoose to ignore them instead doing the action regardless of theconsequences.

Anact of courage at times has to be carefully planned and executed. Itmay take a while when planning to take action, and one has to becareful when planning while in acts of recklessness there is usuallylittle or no planning. In this case, people do things and do not careto have a plan.

Actsof courage are encouraged or driven by the raw desire to havepositive results. Acts of courage are mostly designed to produce goodand acceptable results while acts of recklessness usually do notmostly achieve positive results. These are things that people do anddo not care about the outcome.

Couragecan be viewed as an idea that has been well thought through and isdone to ensure that one can be able to live with the results of suchan act. On the other hand, recklessness can be viewed as an act thathas not been properly thought through. Recklessness can be seen asbeing brave while in reality the actor does not care about the aftereffects. A good example is a soldier who throws himself in the lineof fire without considering what will happen to his fellow soldiershence leaving their location exposed to the enemy.

Courageis also seen as doing something usually noble, although one is awarethat it will be difficult to accomplish the desired results. On theother hand, recklessness is the complete disregard of theconsequences for example, if the action will hurt the doer or theperson committing the act.

Couragecan also be seen as the act of doing something that needs to be done,it is usually for a noble cause. It involves being careful, and a lotof caution is needed. On the other hand, recklessness involves doingsomething for the purpose of attracting attention or for some otherreason that is usually not noble.

Couragecan also be viewed as the act of being able to make serious and gooddecisions when faced with a difficult situation while recklessness isnot even caring what the situation is, it can be termed as jumpinginto action without caring about the outcome.

Couragecan be associated with bravery while recklessness is mostlyassociated with foolishness. Acts of courage are generally acceptedin the community, although not all of them while acts of recklessnessare highly condemned because they are likely to result in losses.


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