Check your score on courage
Monday´s Comment
Check your score on courage
15. 12. 2014

The Anticorruption Endowment has handed out its annual Prizes for Courage. The profiles of both awardees are a highly recommended reading. You can conclude that traditional swearing at “those up above”—meaning in politics—is just a vindicating ploy, an alibi for those “down over”, who are not in politics. Or they might be in politics, but their behaviour is every bit as immoral.

The Anticorruption Endowment has handed out its annual Prizes for Courage. The profiles of both awardees are a highly recommended reading.

You can conclude that traditional swearing at “those up above”—meaning in politics—is just a vindicating ploy, an alibi for those “down over”, who are not in politics. Or they might be in politics, but their behaviour is every bit as immoral.

Often they don’t have to steal from a slice stolen, but they are scared of their supervisors, scared of stepping out from the crowd, scared of being “stronger”, scared of swimming against the tide, simply, scared, scared, scared…

I know it isn’t easy to beat fright. It’s a mean partner, and will take the better part of you at the start. Courage, on the other hand, often requires no small amount of self-denial. 

On the side of courage there are often only liabilities. From the marketing point of view: Job, Salary (mortgage breathing down your spine), “certainties”—is everything in jeopardy, or gone for good?

Are there any assets? Only “empty” notions: Honesty, Justice, Pride… not enough to pay the interest…

And yet, there are books, films, history, tombstones—mostly only about the bold ones. Because they are so few and far between, they are rarer for it.

Our awardees are also among that select handful. Surely, history will not measure their achievements against Churchill’s exploits, but on the other hand they are not in that infamous “fear, fear, fear” league, either.

The personal histories of the fresh awardees show that the majority response is always directly proportionate to the surplus of the meek and scared. How willingly and speechlessly the dictum of evil works only because it seems stronger than the fear of the “common man”!

But even this assumption is actually quite lame.

Some of our awardees, for example Mr Michálek, Mr Závodský, but also others, emerged stronger and more respectful from their fall and expulsion from the lowly world of swindle. 

Victory returns into the game. Whoever wants to win must always take a calculated risk—in business, sport and at work.

You may not carefully scrutinize a horse which finished second from the bottom in a steeplechase, or athletes that did not score winning points…

The winner’s mentality is in short supply in the Czech Republic. Maybe that’s why so many people are tempted to test their “courage”.

It is a magnificent field of achievement. You don’t have to be born with a talent, physical strength, don’t have to eat super health food, have a happy childhood, drink multivitamin drinks, and you don’t even need to be educated at a prestigious foreign university. You don’t even need to run.

Often, knowledge and willpower will do the trick: knowledge that confronting evil is a road to victory, and willpower so you can endure hardship.

But on the other hand, you can count with a very weak competition in the Czech Republic, which increases your chance to score a few points.

Check your score on courage. It is measured only by one’s conscience.

An award from the Anticorruption Endowment is not what really matters. It just goes to supplement value, feeling and awareness—something you can’t experience unless you can do it. 

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News
  • 15. 12. 2014
    The Anticorruption Endowment has handed out its annual Prizes for Courage. The profiles of both awardees are a highly recommended reading.
  • 11. 12. 2014
    Karel Randák, member of the Board of Trustees of the Anticorruption Endowment, repeatedly urges the Ministry of Justice to recover damages from the police and their specific officials. Damages ensuing for Karel Randák due to unlawful prosecution have been provisionally recovered by the Ministry of Justice, or rather taxpayers.
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