Discuss how this anecdote relates to the idea that "it takes courage to defend our own view of the world."When I was in Grade 8, many people on my basketball team used to pick on one boy. I...

Discuss how this anecdote relates to the idea that "it takes courage to defend our own view of the world."

When I was in Grade 8, many people on my basketball team used to pick on one boy. I remember the guy who picked on him the most was very mean one day during practice. I was on court and getting ready for a shot.

When this guy kept making fun of this one boy, I had enough. I pushed the basketball aside and I walked up to the boy making fun of the other boy and I told him to stop. I told him that it was not funny. I called him a coward for having to make himself feel better by putting someone else down. I also told him if he thought he was so tough that he should fight me. After saying this I didn’t think it was a good move, but in the passion of the moment this was what I said. We were thirteen years old. It took courage, since I was the only one who spoke up on my team.

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This anecdote relates to the idea you give because of peer pressure and because of physical fear.  The person in the anecdote would have felt both of these things.  Even so, he defended what he thought was right.

Especially as teens, we feel a great deal of peer pressure.  We don't want to stick out.  We particularly don't want to be associated with unpopular people.

At all ages, we fear pain.  We never want to get physically hurt.  Therefore, challenging anyone to fight us is always a scary thing.

Because of these two factors, the boy in the anecdote showed courage in defending his view of what was right.  He stood up to two kinds of fear--the fear of being physically hurt and the fear of being a social outcast.

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