DISCRETION AND VALOR – Marilyn Armstrong

Fandango’s February Expressions #21

Where oh where have valor and discretion gone? What does this mean? Until you know what you are talking about, shut up.

Valor isn’t doing something stupid and dangerous. It means doing something that may cost you your life to save someone ELSE. It isn’t bungee jumping or tightrope walking between highrise buildings. Discretion isn’t being quiet when you know something important that others need to know — like our recent ‘senators’ who were supposedly judging Trump’s impeachment. That wasn’t discretion. That was spinelessness. Cowards minus one.

“Discretion is the better part of valor” suggests that unless you have the facts, you should keep your mouth shut. It does NOT suggest that refusing to talk when you have knowledge of important (maybe critical) information is a good thing.

Discretion has been nearly eliminated from the national dialogue. Facts are discarded along with civility. No one seems to know the difference between valor and doing dangerous things for fun. It is why when someone actually stands up and does the right thing, we go crazy. These days, we feel it’s remarkable when anyone shows real character and honesty.

That’s the world we have made. I hope we unmake it soon.

Categories: Daily Prompt, Marilyn Armstrong, Sayings and Platitudes

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8 replies

  1. I think the same way. I just didn’t have the energy to express it as well as you have here. Kudos m’am. You put into words what many of us wish..


    • I get so demoralized watching the crumbling of our government. I’m sure it will eventually come around again, but I’m not sure I’ll still be alive to see it. The caution to “be still” until you know whereof you speak is a very good one. Too bad no one hears it.


  2. “Real character” seems to be a thing of the past among Trump’s supporters and enablers.


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