I create drawings and paintings and pair them with inspirational and challenging poems as well as powerful questions to wake people up, make them think, and help them see things about their lives they did not pay attention to so far. I post them as mini banners in various places so that people get a chance to ponder.
The main message for these artistic expressions is the power of moral courage. According to Wikipedia it is defined as the courage to take action for moral reasons despite the risk of adverse consequences. Below a bit more:
Courage is required to take action when one has doubts or fears about the consequences. Moral courage therefore involves deliberation or careful thought. Reflex action or dogmatic fanaticism do not involve moral courage because such impulsive actions are not based upon moral reasoning.
Moral courage may also require physical courage when the consequences are punishment or other bodily peril.
Here is another way of looking at it:
“Civil courage” (or synonymous social courage) is a certain type of socially responsible behavior, not a characteristic of a person. Courageous action occurs in situations in which core values and social norms (e.g. human dignity, human rights, justice, peaceful conflict settlement among citizens). They also occur when a person’s physical or psychological integrity are violated. Courageous people are ready to stand up
- for the protection of human and moral values,
- for integrity and the legitimate, collective, primarily non-material interests, above all of others,
despite threatening disadvantages for themselves.
Civil courage is often equated with help. Aid is usually associated with civil courage, but not necessarily the other way around.
Four key characteristics distinguish civil courage from help, altruism, or solidarity, from courage or bravery:
There is a conflict between those who violate the above-mentioned values and norms and those who are committed to their preservation. There are often risks that cannot be determined, which means that the success of civil-couraged actions is usually uncertain and the agent is willing to accept disadvantages.
Civic acting is public, meaning that usually more than two people are present. There is a real or subjectively perceived imbalance of power to the detriment of those who want to act courageously, for example, because they are in a minority/majority situation in groups or in a ratio of over / subordination or dependency (which are often associated with adjustment pressure) .
Three types of civil courage are being considered:
- Intervene in favor of others, usually in unforeseen situations where you have to quickly decide what to do.
- To get involved – mostly without acute pressure to act – for general values, for the right or the legitimate interests of others, especially in organized contexts and institutions, such as B. at school or at work.
- Defenses, e.g. B. against physical attacks, bullying or injustice; stand by yourself and your beliefs, stand up, assert yourself; resist, say no, “for good reasons” refuse to obey.
This requires courage, since those who show civil courage may face sanctions from authorities, representatives of the prevailing opinion, or their social environment (e.g. a group majority).
Whistleblowers who uncover illegal acts or social-ethical misconduct for the detriment of the general public within institutions, in particular companies and administrations, are also considered civilly courageous.
It is my mission to help people to discover the power of moral courage to help themselves as well as others and change the world accordingly and through it, find the freedom that comes from freely speaking up for what you believe in while still being open to learn from others.
My Social Entrepreneurship Side
As a social entrepreneur, I provide 1:1 as well as group support online and locally in Germany. This can happen via courage and relationship coaching using powerful emotional freedom techniques as well as inspirational speeches and trainings. For changemakers who promote moral courage as well, I offer special scholarships.