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Life & Courage

Human spirit and ability to confront fear, pain, uncertainty, risk and intimidation.

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Do you know where are you going to?

  • Oct 14, 2009
I was advised not to write on travel just after I joined this site due to a pact of agreement signed between Lunch.com & VirtualTourist.com which was sold to Travelocity not so long ago. Being a once active member of VirtualTourist.com I guess I'm on the 'wanted' list! ;-)

Yes, I've seen a lot of other members wrote reviews about travel related subjects and also national parks they visited. Well, those are not taken off this site but what the heck, the site belongs to JR Johnson and he can do whatever he wants. I have other things to write about which may or may not be travel related, depending on how you choose to see it. As for how one can steer clear of travel matters, that's beyond my comprehension. It's a case of hey, I can write about food which I ate when I traveled, and yet if I had stayed in that city for a year or two, even though is not my home country, is that travel related? God knows!

What I'm going to post here is an article which I had posted on VirtualTourist.com. It is basically not a travel article but more about human spirituality and courage. I am not a good writer so I won't know how to write a review on something as philosophical and conceptual as courage. But I thought through this article I once wrote, it might be worth an attempt to demonstrate what I thought is a great example of courage in my perception.

Here's the article and it's one I wrote after having visited Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

CARLSBAD CAVERNS - 750 feet below ground (!!!), referred to as "The 8th Wonder of the World" & one of the 20 World Heritage sites in U.S., is a marvel sight; not only because of its size & dimension but because of the undying human spirit of exploration! Found by a cowboy named Jim White in 1901 when electric lights were still not invented & elevators were non existent, his adventure of this amazing find lead us to a world of wonders, discovery & courage. Courage, because of the steep drop & darkness that he had to undergo before finding the jewel. Courage, because of the fear or internal turmoil he had to experience before going back up to the external world. Courage, because of the desire to venture into the unknown. Because of his courage, we are given the incredible chance of a lifetime to experience a miracle of nature!

The cave is one of the largest I've seen in the world to date. Formations of stalagmites & stalactites are massive. THE BIG ROOM as it's called is at least the size of 8 football fields. It took us more than 2 hours to walk through the entire fantasyland! It was a nice & relaxing walk with the underground temperature being a constant 56?F year-round with plenty of fresh air & oxygen. It's still a marvel to me as I think about the depth of the caverns - 750 feet below ground & the way it was discovered (found by a cowboy with lanterns & ropes)!!! Phew, that is something beyond my capacity!

Accordingly, my guide told us that this is also the 1st dimension of Carlsbad Caverns. Its History. The 2nd dimension is Geology. The 3rd dimension is Human Aspect (I think, :P). The 4th dimension is Spirituality! Yes, when all else is in total darkness, silence & abyss, what is the force behind the human spirit? Here, in the King's Palace, everyone has a chance of a lifetime to experience it for a couple of minutes. & what each of us uncovered was what is unique to every single one of us in those suspended moments & what's ours alone to keep. Thrilling?! Beyond your wildest imagination !!!

So, with this, I leave you with rooms to review about courage and acts of courage you might have come across in your life. I'm sure there are plenty of stories to be told and thoughts to share. 

From my own personal experiences, it's courage (if I may in fact call that) that took me across the world from Asia to Antarctica and the Arctic all on a single journey. It was courage which took me to Iguazu Falls in the middle of the night by myself. It was also courage which took me on my first time to South America (Chile) on my own and subsequently to Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Falkland Island. Yes, so it is through travel that courage has been demonstrated and expanded as far as I'm concerned. Now, will I be censored because of it? We'll have to wait & see :-)

Incidentally, this reminds me of a beautiful song by Diana Ross... 

Do You Know Where Are You Going To.

Do you know where you're going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to? do you know?
Do you get what you're hoping for?
When you look behind you there's no open door
What are you hoping for?
Do you know?
Once we were standing still in time
Chasing the fantasies that filled our minds
You knew i loved you, but my spirit was free
Laughing at the question that you once ask me
Do you know where you're going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to? do you know?
Now, looking back in all we pass
We've let so many dreams just slip through our hands
Why must we wait so long before we see 
How sad the answers to those questions can be?
Do you know where you're going to?
Do you like the things that life is showing you?
Where are you going to? do you know?
Do you get what you're hoping for?
When you look behind you there's no open door
What are you hoping for? do you know?

Live your dreams, my friends & be courageous about it. Don't wait until it's too late!

Do you know where are you going to?

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Courage, also known as bravery, will, intrepidity, and fortitude, is the ability to confront fear, pain, risk/danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. "Physical courage" is courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, or threat of death, while "moral courage" is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.

Western Antiquity and Middle Ages

As a virtue, courage is discussed extensively in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, where its vice of deficiency is cowardice and its vice of excess are recklessness.

In Roman Catholicism, courage is referred to as "Fortitude" as one of the four cardinal virtues, along with prudence, justice, and temperance. ("Cardinal" in this sense means "pivotal"; it is one of the four cardinal virtues because to possess any virtue, a person must be able to sustain it in the face of difficulty.) In both Catholicism and Anglicanism, courage is also one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Eastern traditions

The Tao Te Ching states that courage is derived from love (" loving  causes  ability  brave") and explains: "One of courage, with audacity, will kill. One of courage, but gentle, spares life. From these two kinds of courage arise harm and benefit."

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