Courage in a Tribe



“There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Traditional societies are generally divided into communities linked by social, economic, religious or blood tied.   We like to participate in tribes whether we call them family, friends, groups, teams, clubs, or buddies because they form our support network and offer a measure of certainty.  Since we want their approval and acceptance, we have reservations about moving forward in a new direction.  Erma Bombeck once said “It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.”

Choosing a different path and becoming an outlier from the status quo, takes enormous courage.  Yet, to remain faithful to the “tribe” and surrender personal fulfillment is a sacrifice far too great.

“Courage is the price life exacts for granting peace.”

Amelia Earhart, attributed, Another Country