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.
If I am dogmatic, I have identified myself with a fixed position. My position is the position and that’s that. Some men are so identified with their mental positions that they clericalize them.
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.