Easier said than done John Quincy Adams.
At least one way of measuring the freedom of any society is the amount of comedy that is permitted, and clearly a healthy society permits more satirical comment than a repressive, so that if comedy is to function in some way as a safety release then it must obviously deal with these taboo areas. This is part of the responsibility we accord our licensed jesters, that nothing be excused the searching light of comedy. If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value, and conversely all groups who claim immunity from laughter are claiming special privileges which should not be granted. -Eric Idle, comedian, actor, and author (b. 1943)
Some more words to live by…
From Roget’s Thesauras
VI. WORDS RELATING TO THE SENTIMENT AND MORAL POWERS
II. PERSONAL AFFECTIONS
3. Prospective Affections
[Absence of fear.] Courage.
[Antonyms: cowardice; fear.]
[Nouns] courage, bravery, valor; resoluteness, boldness; spirit, daring, gallantry, intrepidity; contempt of danger, defiance of danger; derring-do; audacity; rashness [more]; dash; defiance [more]; confidence, self-reliance. manliness, manhood; nerve, pluck, mettle, game; heart, heart of grace; spunk, guts, face, virtue, hardihood, fortitude, intestinal fortitude; firmness (stability) [more]; heart of oak; bottom, backbone, spine (perseverance) [more]. resolution (determination) [more]; bulldog courage. prowess, heroism, chivalry. exploit, feat, achievement; heroic deed, heroic act; bold stroke. man, man of mettle; hero, demigod, Amazon, Hector; lion, tiger, panther, bulldog; gamecock, fighting-cock; bully, fire eater [more].
[Verbs] be courageous; dare, venture, make bold; face danger, front danger, affront danger, confront danger, brave danger, defy danger, despise danger, mock danger; look in the face; look full in the face, look boldly in the face, look danger in the face; face; meet, meet in front; brave, beard; defy [more]. take courage, muster courage, summon up courage, pluck up courage; nerve oneself, take heart; take heart, pluck up heart of grace; hold up one’s head, screw one’s courage to the sticking place; come up to scratch; stick to one’s guns, standfire, stand against; bear up, bear up against; hold out (persevere) [more]. put a bold face upon; show a bold front, present a bold front; show fight; face the music. bell the cat, take the bull by the horns, beard the lion in his den, march up to the cannon’s mouth, go through fire and water, run the gantlet. give courage, infuse courage, inspire courage; reassure, encourage, embolden, inspirit, cheer, nerve, put upon one’s mettle, rally, raise a rallying cry; pat on the back, make a man of., keep in countenance.
[Adjectives] courageous, brave; valiant, valorous; gallant, intrepid; spirited, spiritful; high-spirited, high-mettled; mettlesome, plucky; manly, manful; resolute; stout,.stout-hearted; iron-hearted, lion-hearted; heart of oak; Penthesilean. bold, bold-spirited; daring, audacious; fearless, dauntless, dreadless, aweless; undaunted, unappalled, undismayed, unawed, unblanched, unabashed, unalaxmed, unflinching, unshrinking, unblanching, unapprehensive; confident, self-reliant; bold as a lion, bold as brass. enterprising, adventurous; venturous, venturesome; dashing, chivalrous; soldierly (warlike) [more]; heroic. fierce, savage; pugnacious (bellicose) [more]. strong-minded, hardy, doughty; firm (stable) [more]; determined (resolved) [more]; dogged, indomitable (persevering) [more]. up to, up to the scratch; upon one’s mettle; reassured; unfeared, undreaded.
[Phrases] one’s blood being up; courage sans peur;fortes fortuna adjuvat [Terence]; “have I not in my time heard lions roar” [Taming of the Shrew]; “I dare do all that may become a man” [Macbeth]; male vincetis sed vincite [Ovid]; omne solum.forti patria.; “self-trust is the essence of heroism” [Emerson]; stimulos dedit oemula virtus [Lucan]; “strong and great, a hero [Longfellow]; teloque animus proestantior omni [Ovid]; “there, is always safety in valor” [Emerson]; virtus ariete fortier.