Veteran’s Day – courage

While I am not a big rah rah patriot (patriotism is, after all, a conditional virtue), I am every year I quite moved by the ROTC tribute to fallen soldiers, POWs and MIAs out on the Quad. It is quite stirring to watch the extremely deliberate march back and forth. I thought today of remarks on courage from CS Lewis:

“We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice. Whenever we have almost succeeded in doing so, God permits a war or an earthquake or some other calamity, and at once courage becomes so obviously lovely and important even in human eyes that all our work is undone, and there is still at least one vice of which they feel genuine shame.”
~ CS Lewis, Screwtape Letters

Click “Read More” for a video of the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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