Courage of your convictions

Collins:

If you have the courage of your convictions, you have the confidence to do what you believe is right, even though other people may not agree or approve.

Oxford Lexico:

Act on one’s beliefs despite danger or disapproval.

Wiktionary:

Steadfast adherence to one’s beliefs or principles, especially in the face of criticism or other opposition.


RICHARD: At times this audacity 1 – that it will be me who does it – approaches megalomania 2 … after all, one thinks, who am I to think that I can break through the impasse that has baffled humankind for millennia? As long as one does not succumb to delusions of grandeur, a healthy dose of what appears to be megalomania 2 is appropriate … otherwise one is held back by the mediocrity of those who say you can not do it. You can. The only requirement is that one be a human being – and that I hereby devote my entire life to breaking through to the perfection and peace that is lying open all around right now … if only I had the eyes to see it. It takes great courage and fortitude to fly in the face of all those ‘would be’s’ and ‘want to be’s’ who, alas, only talk about it. One has to do it … because, after all is said and done, it is my life that I am living.

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Footnotes
1.

audacity:

au·dac·i·ty | ɔˈdæsədi, ɑˈdæsədi | noun

  • a willingness to take bold risks: her audacity came in handy during our most recent emergency.
  • rude or disrespectful behavior; impudence: she had the audacity to pick up the receiver and ask me to hang up.
2.

megalomania:

meg·a·lo·ma·ni·a | ˌmɛɡ(ə)loʊˈmeɪniə | noun

obsession with the exercise of power, especially in the domination of others.
• the delusional belief that one is important, powerful, or famous, as a form or symptom of mental disorder.

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  • Naive Optimism

    However, once embarked upon the ‘wide and wondrous path’, you are not on your own: the perfection of the infinitude of this physical universe is with you all the way … but if you waver, you are indeed on your own. It is a matter of having the courage of your convictions and letting nothing stand in your way; determination and perseverance are the essential prerequisites to ensure success … coupled with application and diligence. Having the ‘courage of your convictions’ has nothing to do with believing, trusting, hoping or having faith that it be possible. I, for one, never believed, trusted, hoped or had faith that it was possible, for such an action of believing, trusting, hoping and having faith perpetuates the believer, the truster, the hoper and the faithful. On the contrary, I could no longer believe that it was not possible – which is a different action entirely to believing, trusting, hoping and having faith that it is possible – thus dispensing with the believer, the truster, the hoper and the faithful. Do you see this?

  • Diligence and perseverance
  • Curiosity ➡️ Fascination ➡️ Obsession

    At times this audacity – that it will be me who does it – approaches megalomania … after all, one thinks, who am I to think that I can break through the impasse that has baffled humankind for millennia? As long as one does not succumb to delusions of grandeur, a healthy dose of what appears to be megalomania is appropriate … otherwise one is held back by the mediocrity of those who say you can not do it. You can. The only requirement is that one be a human being – and that I hereby devote my entire life to breaking through to the perfection and peace that is lying open all around right now … if only I had the eyes to see it. It takes great courage and fortitude to fly in the face of all those ‘would be’s’ and ‘want to be’s’ who, alas, only talk about it. One has to do it … because, after all is said and done, it is my life that I am living.

  • Affective Vibes
    fifth, the courage of the conviction born of the PCE is always immensely beneficial;