Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A Tribute to Courage on Tax Day
Fell upon this cartoon, and thought that I would share it. It is a tribute to an undervalued virtue in today's world: courage!
In the Roman world, ἀνδρεία was the word for courage in Greek, and one of four cardinal virtues which characterized the educated citizen. There was a unity among these virtues so that they informed one another. Courage (ἀνδρεία), for example, was the power to do what was just and right (δικαιοσύνη) with wisdom (φρόνησις) and self-control (σωφροσύνη). So courage was not so much wrestling with alligators (where is the wisdom there?!), or doing our taxes (where is the justice?), but having the moral resolve to do what is right, and see it through to the very end. May we all have more courage to do what is right in God's eyes throughout the daily challenges of life, and somehow get our taxes done in the process! Happy Tax Day!