The Courage to be oneself—Self Affirmation
Written by Rob Mason
How can it be defined? Spinoza believes that courage is an essential act of everything that participates in being, namely self-affirmation. The endeavour, where everything endeavours to persist in its own being is nothing else but the actual essence of that thing. The striving towards something. This striving: is not a contingent aspect of a thing nor is it an element in its being along with other elements; it is the essential actualis the striving makes a thing what it is. If the striving stops the thing disappears.