Popular Resistance: Courage is Contagious

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When our colleagues take brave actions, others are inspired. George Lakey describes how courage develops in movements. He lists some key ingredients to overcome fear:  people working in community  to empower each other, envisioning a successful action and spreading the contagion of courage.

By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers  PopularResistance.org | Newletter  February 14, 2015

Lakey describes courage as each of us expanding beyond our comfort zones and adds that our training for actions should include opportunities to step outside our comfort zone. He suggests we need to view the rapid heartbeat and adrenalin during an action not as fear, but as excitement.

Not Afraid. Parisians gather to pay respect for the victims of a terror attack against 'Charlie Hebdo'. Getty photo.Not Afraid. Parisians gather to pay respect for the victims of a terror attack against ‘Charlie Hebdo’. Getty photo.

Lakey teaches us that envisioning the whole story – where the story starts, the action being taken and its successful impact – emboldens us and calms our fears of…

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