We don’t normally think of the bravery of creative artists these days. In other areas, while the media may consider Bruce Jenner coming out as a woman “brave,” most people reserve that honor for men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line – like soldiers, police, or firefighters. And certainly anyone else who makes the ultimate sacrifice in the service of others. But throughout history, those with creative ideas have put their lives on the line again and again.
Writers, artists, and others who pushed back against the culture have been burned at the stake, beheaded, and otherwise executed.
Ideas matter, and it takes bravery to live and proclaim those ideas in a hostile culture.
Fashion designer Coco Chanel said, “The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.”
Being humble is a good thing – sometimes. In many cases, standing up and expressing your ideas is required, and depending on the hostility around you, that can be intimidating. In today’s PC culture, there’s a growing hostility to anything that pushes against safe thinking. We’re seeing it on college campuses, government, schools, and business.
Don’t be intimidated. You have ideas, and if those ideas don’t align with popular thinking, so be it. Stand up. Write, paint, compose, design, create.
Aristotle said, “You will never do anything in this world without courage.”