We tend to think of fear and courage to be opposites.

But, that’s not true. They go hand in hand. Without fear there can be no courage because courage is the…

mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficult

 – Merriam-Webster

Or the…

willingness to act in the face of fear


If you don’t have courage, fear leads to all kinds of things like cognitive dissonance , which is the…

psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously


But, that definition doesn’t talk about fear. What is the connection between cognitive dissonance and courage?

Well, if you’re afraid, you have a choice. You can acknowledge your fear and respond. Or, you can reject the fact that you have anything to be afraid of – and do all kinds of crazy stuff, in the process.

You can guess what most of America is doing today.

Israel is not.