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Just a few words about bravery

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Writing prompt: Describe a time when you witnessed bravery: a) in your profession b) with your own eyes c) in someone you admire

Three things come to mind when I hear the word “bravery”: going to war, going to the moon and risking your life to save others. I find rescuers lowered from a helicopter to save people from a sinking boat in storm extremely heroic.

You never know how you will react, let’s say in war. You might think that you will be scared, but  then you prove otherwise. Or you might think that you will be brave, but inside that war bubble you lose your humanity and begin to enjoy brutality.

Tank Man Tiananmen Square 1989Sometimes we find ourselves in an unexpected situation and act on instinct. I don’t think the Tank Man, as be became called, had planned to stop those tanks on June 5, 1989. It was the day after the Chinese military had forcible removed protestors from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. There he stood, in front of a column of tanks. With one shopping bag in each hand, he moved to the left and the right and back again to prevent the tanks from advancing. I think this picture illustrates the very act of bravery.

I’m not a very brave person. There is one thing, however, that I’m willing to fight for, and that is our right to express our opinions. I admire all those who stand up to authoritarian regimes and make their voices heard in countries where free speech is considered a nuisance.

Someone has to write the stories of the brave. I hope my bravest action will involve writing.

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Written by Solveig Hansen

January 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm

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