What Courage Looks Like

In a world where a new wave of terrorism has raised its ugly head, living in fear is not healthy for individuals or societies. Courage is not, as someone has said, the absence of fear, but rather, acting in spite of fear.

Photo of her biography

A few weeks ago I saw a perfect example of this in the newly released documentary, "He Called Me Malala." This film looks at the events that led up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai. She was shot by the Taliban because of her speaking out in favor of education for young girls. She won the Nobel Peace prize in 2014 for her stance and has come up with the slogan,  "One Child, One Teacher, One Book and One Pen Can Change the World." She has also said, "When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."

She keeps moving forward in spite of dire and unfair and frightening circumstances. When she was ten, the Taliban entered her hometown in Pakistan and turned her beautiful valley into a war zone. They controlled all forms of media, closed schools, raided houses, kidnapped woman, shut down businesses, made bonfires of books, CDs, DVDs, TVs, computers, etc. They publicly whipped and beat 'disobedient' people, blue up buildings, museums, and houses, and murdered resisting forces. 

Both Malala and his father stood up and spoke out against the wrong-doings and evil that the Taliban were bringing to their world - especially to the writed of continued education for all.

For all of this she was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school. She was fifteen years old.

I strongly encourage you to rent and watch the documentary or to buy a copy of her memoir, "I Am Malala." It will "in-courage" you.