Courage. It might defined as the ability to do what most people would be too scared to try. Firefighters, soldiers, and policemen* are common archetypes. But it could be as simple as a kid telling his parents the truth about something naughty he did. Or an office worker bucking the crowd to explain why project Q will be a failure, thus requiring a change of course.
In contrast, any courage I demonstrate is a complete accident due to ignorance of why the action required bravery.
So the Liquid Egg Product tends to salute–and be envious–of anyone demonstrating a modicum of courage. Enter Scott Olsen, a pitcher for our popular local baseball team, the Florida Marlins. (The number of fans at any given game can approach five digits). On Saturday, he certainly did have the ability to try what most people wouldn’t:
- Kept on driving when a copper tried to pull him over for speeding
- Ran a stop sign at 3:40 in the morning
- Sat on a plastic chair in front of his house and fought the officers who tried to arrest him
He also now knows what it feels like to be tasered. Assuming he wasn’t too drunk to forget.