CHAPTER SIXRISK TAKING AND COURAGE

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It is very dangerous to try to leap a chasm in two bounds.

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STICKING YOUR neck out as an active citizen is no video game—if things get tough, you can’t just press the reset button and start over. Taking a risk for the common good always means daring to act in the face of the unknown and always includes the possibility of hurt or loss. Reactions from peers can be cruel, and conflicts with people who like things the way they are can get nasty, especially if those people are in positions of authority. The risks that come with standing up for what you believe in are real. They can include

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