I cannot say that I have been improved or elevated by virtue of believing something. Where, then, is the necessity for belief? From the outside, belief appears as a kind of pseudo-knowing, a mind-made obstacle to knowing.
Buddhism doesn’t have a Book, so there’s less to quarrel over, fewer doctrinal adhesions to defend or debate, no one to hold up a weighty tome and intone, “This is the Word of Emptiness.”
Courage comes from the Latin for heart. It’s the essence of a man who sees himself as he is and the world as it is. Not seeing, he succumbs to bullets and beliefs.