… all courage was a form of constancy.  That it is always himself that a coward abandons first.  After this other betrayals come easy.

Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

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Courage must be maintained.  It demands constancy.  It cannot be applied intermittently or turned on and off like water from a faucet.

Abandonment of self.  Yes, the first surrender.  An abandonment of self abandons He who made self.  “You didn’t build it yourself.”  Translation: neither you nor your God matter, it is the “holy” state that made you.  Abandonment.

A blind eye cannot see the man who, even from the start of life, abandoned self. All sight comes from belief in the Divine and lives in the soul.  He who sees, loves.

Pax Americana stretches from the late 19th century to 2006.  America’s presence in the world made the world safer, particularly after World War II.  Courage demands constancy, so too does peace in the world and peace in the land.

The courageous love; in loving, they claim self and God and sacrifice self for other.

Retreat from the world abandons.  Nothing good comes from it.

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love, it is the prerogative of the brave.

Mahatma Gandhi

Shalom.

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