Moral Heroism and Courage

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Moral heroism is still alive, even in a world filled with crisis, chaos, and turmoil. We were reminded of the immanent potential for crisis during the recent Boston Marathon bombings. Each and every day, law enforcement officers put their lives on the line in an act that can easily be described as morally courageous. And yet, most law enforcement officers would also say they were just "doing their jobs." The Bible is replete with stories of moral heroism, the most apparent of which is of Jesus but even in the Hebrew Bible we see how Jewish leaders like Moses risked life and limb for the common good. Literature is also filled with moral heroes, who can continue to teach us long after the book was written. Examples from literature and from real life illustrate that the cause of moral courage is a deep inner conviction of what is right; while the effects of moral courage is to create harmony in the world. One of those heroes in literature is Atticus Finch, the lawyer in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch defends the most unpopular man in town: a black man accused of raping a white woman. When To Kill a Mockingbird was written, racism was still rampant in America to the point where lynch mobs were relatively common in the south. It was in this atmosphere of race-based terrorism that the story is set. By defending Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch puts his own life on the line, and even that of his family. He places moral truth and justice ahead of all else, making him
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