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QuestionWhat does courage mean now? Sarah Francis
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Catherine David: Courage can have relatively different meanings depending on the places where one lives and eventually fights. There are places where you risk your reputation, where you risk eventually being ridiculous, where you risk being outcasted. It doesn’t seem to me that you can compare it with places where you purely and simply risk your life. So I believe if we keep up the courage, associated to our circumstances , it can mean in the so-called democratic and occidental societies, in which we live, not to be afraid of the dissent, not to be afraid of belonging to a minority, not to be worried of displeasing, not to be worried of being dissonant with etc. etc. This seems to me like a “little courage” compared to those who simply risk their lives. I think that we have to keep this in mind and it should make us all the more radical and motivated that we do not risk our lives and sometimes only trouble and a bit of ostracism, a bit less of well-being. So I think that all this should encourage us to a well reflected radicalism and a minimum of consequences and pigheadedness.