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Question:I think so. You can be soo cautious as to avoid all danger and thus, you aren't living, b/c life is dangerous at times. i don't agree with the roller coaster riding, hang glider idea... that's not bravery, that challenging nature to take it's course.
Bravery is running into that burning building to save a child, that's not your own. Bravery is climbing though the wreckage, such as the twin towers of 911 looking to save those who did not perish in the crash and collapse of the buildings. Bravery doesn't look for trouble and tempt Fate, but being too cautious, is the same as cowardice.
If you never stick your neck for someone else, you miss one of the points of life---love. No, not that romantic, I see stars and hear violins... but love of fellow man/woman.


Best Answer - Chosen by Asker: I think so. You can be soo cautious as to avoid all danger and thus, you aren't living, b/c life is dangerous at times. i don't agree with the roller coaster riding, hang glider idea... that's not bravery, that challenging nature to take it's course.
Bravery is running into that burning building to save a child, that's not your own. Bravery is climbing though the wreckage, such as the twin towers of 911 looking to save those who did not perish in the crash and collapse of the buildings. Bravery doesn't look for trouble and tempt Fate, but being too cautious, is the same as cowardice.
If you never stick your neck for someone else, you miss one of the points of life---love. No, not that romantic, I see stars and hear violins... but love of fellow man/woman.

I believe that no decision is much worse than a bad decision. Does that help?

I like that question because lately I don't go on roller coasters or other fun rides anymore because of hearing of people falling off of them. Also I kind of wanted to try hang gliding but it really is a bit dangerous. If it weren't for speed limits and the potential of the car crashing driving fast would be fun. I can't think of anything else brave I would want to do. Safe is pretty much my first name. I think to feel freer I just need to spend more time in nature, and get more rest and sleep. I live this type of thing out by reading, not bravery but you don't feel as confined when you read.

Depends on the type of bravery (brave does not equal foolhardy)

I believe the brave live more of life and experience more of life in trying new things, while the cautious live less of life while being to afraid to try new things.

nope, it sound nice, but it's a simplification at best.

yes, the brave live, but not not forever & perhaps for a shorter period of time than others, but then again no one does live forever.

the cautious live, but perhaps not to their fullest potential or to their greatest capacity.

it all comes down to fear & how you define a life lived.

the brave go beyond their fear & may experience more, but the risks they take might end their lives earlier than otherwise.

the cautious are held back by their fear & may miss out on otherwise enriching experiences, but as a result might live longer.

is life defined by richness of experience or time spent breathing?

~~~ morgannia

I believe in pre-destination. We will die in a manner which is always prescribed by destiny or fate. Yes, it is great to become involved in something greater than ourselves yet our short time on this planet is already been determined. It won't have any affect on whether or not we live another day.

i believe that if you do not take a chance or a risk nor try something new or out of the ordinary then you do not know the full meaning of life.the people who are cautious make strict, always thought decisions yet they seem not to have any fun in their life.the ones who take the challeng of pushing the boundaries are the ones who will appreciate life and everything more because they have taken a risk, a chance..

I am a cautious brave person. Brave people do what they want to do, and/or need to do despite being afraid to try, and they overcome their fear. Sometimes the way to overcome the fear is to think it through cautiously, to plan ahead, to figure out where you want to reach before wandering off. I think this saying takes both bravery and caution to the extreme degrees that should cause us to pause and to balance before we take action.

The brave and the cautious will never live forever and further more no one will. Its takes the brave to stand up for their beliefs in life. Only the cautious are callous. They arent brave enough to stand up for what they believe.

It seems that many of you associate bravery only with being a risk taker.I believe that some of the bravest individuals have lived very cautious lives, but for a moment when they put someone else's life before their own and choose to respond bravely in a difficult situation.Showing bravery does not mean you will die young nor does being cautious assure you a long life. However,neither bravery or caution determine your quality of life. That is a perception left to be judged by each individual.

Depends as what you think of as brave. Some how I think we
all have to call on courage many times in a life time.
If your speaking of risk takers with out common sense, their
odds may be higher. I do not think of that as brave, but as an
obsession. Any other kind of risk that is thought out and planned, taken with caution takes a brave heart as well, as
one does not know the wishful out come to pass either.
Helen Keller said, "Life is nothing more then a daring
adventure." and no one lives forever regardless, death knows no age.

I guess it depends where you fall on the spectrum somewhere in between. If you are so brave you don't take your own safety or the safety and wellfare of others into consideration at all, then perhaps you are not really living. A good example of this would be the suicide bomber or a drug addict. If you are way too cautious, you'll have a hard time getting a lot of enjoyment out of life. Still, being cautious to a reasonable extent is smart and will help you live a longer and happier life. Life should be lived in balance. The extremes are never good.

I believe that the Cautious will Live forever, because they are cautious with everything they do, the Brave is the one that might not Live forever, because they do not think before they Act.

yes you have a point

I absolutely agree with this, if you are not willing to at least try to brave new things then you have not lived!!

"The brave die but one death where the coward dies many" is another way of saying that.

I believe that the two are different extremes. I think when it comes to learning or understanding we do nees to step out and take risks so to speak. There is however no need to run off to fight in some crusade in order to feel alive but niether will we grow and gain understanding if we cower behind the bastiles of our inhibitions. we do need the guidance of our peers, indirectly and in a more direct sense the guidence of our spirit, that which gives `gut` feeling. We must also accept we must, in order to learn, make mistakes. This way when we do achieve our hopes and dreams we will recognise that for which we search. So, in a sense niether the brave or the cautious will live for ever but the brave may well have a more complete understanding and perhaps less regrets

HI RENA, I think it is all to do with commonsense.Reading the situation in hand.I am brave and i am not foolish ever. I do things because i am protected by God. My heart beats like a warrior of steel.

Yes!

The valiant die but once the cowardly dies a myriad of ways but the cautious are just dead men walking

Your question reminds me of two quotes:

From the movie Braveheart: "Every man dies, but not every man really lives."

(and yes, overly cautious people don't live fully but then again there is a fine line between bravery and stupidity)

The other quote I am reminded of is from Oscar Wilde: "Do it or don't do it, you will regret it either way."