Cowardice vs Courage

“….So we see that courage is calculated, being neither irrational nor ignorant. But doesn’t that describe even despicable cowards, the “men without chests”? For example, Tolkien’s Orcs were infinitely “brave” in battle when they outnumbered their foes. It was a calculated risk, sort of like the Soviet central asian troops at Stalingrad; one either went forward and got shot at, or retreated and were executed. They calculated and chose the safer bet. In contrast, the last battle of the Lords of the West was fought at the Black Gate against insurmountable odds. But they had a hope, an inkling that something bigger was in their favor. So courage must also be a bet, but a bet against the bookies. It too is a calculation but with heavenly calculator….

Quote from  http://procrustes.blogtownhall.com/2008/04/03/single_standard_courage.thtml

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