But, to me, this is about reactive courage. Proactive courage could be a different matter. Think of a person's dreams. Most people's dreams are so important to them that they'd rather not even try to accomplish them rather than risk actually failing if they do try. To follow one's dreams is proactive courage. To go after that one thing in life that you want more than anything. That's pretty risky, not just physically, but emotionally. It's like putting all your eggs into one basket. To give something everything you've got, even if you might completely fail.
So this brings a new question. If you're not following your dreams, are you simply failing to be courageous enough?
Think about all the messed up things that are happening in this world. I'm not getting blamed for them, so there's not much of a direct negative consequence for me. But I'm not doing anything to stop it, either.
I think to understand courage more, we could study cowardice. Cowardice can save your life, but it can also make you hate yourself... and what's the point of living if you're not actually LIVING?