This term we are examining moral courage. It is one of the eight institutional values of King’s College and it is also at the core of our founding motto Virtus Pollet – or, Excellence of Character Prevails.
Moral courage can be defined as the power and determination to follow what one believes to be right, regardless of the cost to one’s self, and irrespective of the disapproval of others.
We have put out a display of books in the library where characters have demonstrated their integrity by being brave and doing the right thing, even if it was not to their advantage. The books include Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally, Jane Eyre by Charlottle Bronte, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Lieutenant Hornblower by C.S. Forester, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; but of course there are many more.
Today in the news we see an example of moral courage in Thailand where fact appears to be mirroring fiction. Some people in Thailand have adopted the three-finger salute used in the Hunger Games stories as “an expression of silent protest” against a military coup.