The Courage Award

True courage faces reality.  True courage does not deny reality.

He did not have the courage to be a man.  He did not have the courage to be what he was.  He did not have the courage to face reality.  He did not have the courage to be himself; so he hid under a facade, a new name, a new face, a new gender.  Ashamed of who he was, afraid of who he was, he hid.

“I am a woman,” he said.

“We admire and award your courage,” they said.  “You denied reality, and sacrificed your own body on the altar of idolatry.  That took courage.”

And so one lie betrothed another.  The ultimate act of cowardice, running from oneself, denying one’s own body, is called “courageous.”  Only a culture possessed of hellish madness could engage so brazen a lie.  A lie against nature, a lie against the very self.

You couldn’t face or accept your own body, so you hid, you ran away; and they called you “courageous.”

Madness.

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