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Courage v. Fearlessness

Entwife Wandlimb

Jan 1 2013, 2:10am

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I'm afraid you give me too much credit as I couldn't think of any specific examples, only I have read those passages again and again so I suppose they had seeped in to influence my perspective. So, thank you for that very good example of just what I think this story offers the modern reader that is hard to find elsewhere -- that there is wisdom in hope instead of cynicism, and in doing the right thing, regardless of the outcome.

I suppose there is just a small distinction between courage and fearlessness which we all must choose between each day, even in lives that appear to be more like those in the Shire than those in Gondor. We find this serious theme in action/adventure, as well as things as sweet as Finding Nemo deals with the same subject -- how do we cope with a lethal world, when our illusion of safety is shattered and we realize than any car ride, any good bye, might be our last? Do we choose to live in denial that any danger might befall us? Do we choose to live fearlessly, cynically resigned to our fate? Or, do we choose to live courageously, hoping that beauty and purpose will win out, despite the fickleness and wickedness of the world?

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Hobbits,Orcs, and the Human Condition Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Dec 18 2012, 10:20pm
    Hope in the face of a manifold of wickedness Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb Dec 31 2012, 9:39pm
        You sound like Gandalf at the Last Debate CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 31 2012, 10:02pm
            Courage v. Fearlessness Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb Jan 1 2013, 2:10am
    human essence Avanti Send a private message to Avanti Jan 9 2013, 10:12pm
        Please explain your Orcishness Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Jan 9 2013, 10:16pm
            why? Avanti Send a private message to Avanti Jan 9 2013, 10:32pm
                Hmm, an orc with internet access. Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Jan 9 2013, 10:57pm
                    Do orcs have any choice in life? They do exhibit choices Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Jan 9 2013, 11:19pm


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