Salman Rushdie on Moral Courage


In an Op-Ed in The New York Times, Salman Rushdie writes, " We find it easier, in these confused times, to admire physical bravery than moral courage -- the courage of the life of the mind, or of public figures." Mr. Rushdie goes on to assert that, "Political courage, nowadays, is almost always ambiguous. Even more strangely, we have become suspicious of those who take a stand against the abuses of power or dogma...There´s nothing to be done but to go on restating the imporance of this kind of courage, and to make sure that these oppressed individuals...are seen for what they are: men and women standing on the front line of liberty." 

Rushdie´s piece is well worth reading. Why do you think the public shies way from moral courage? Why do we, as Rushdie suggests, blame the " writers, scholars and artists who stand against orthodoxy or bigotry" for "upsetting the people"? Is Rushdie right? 

Read the entire Op-Ed here