cour·age ˈkər-ij ˈkə-rij
: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
We continue to see the mob demanding things, generally without cogent argument, and generally based on emotions.
Who stands up to the mob and says: this is not how we do things in America, or frankly, in any group that wants to progress together, be it a family, a committee, a team, anything.
Think of the examples of the mob that we see throughout history: The crowd shouting “Send out Barbaras,” the mobs of the French Revolution, the frenzied in Salem MA. Is that who we want to be?
If you have time, read an a wonderful piece of writing by the erudite, and courageous Dean of Stanford Law School. Unlike Pilate, Dean Martinez stands solidly for free speech, for debate, for thinking. She does not give into the mob.