Kerry Temple '74 | Autumn 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine
I still think it curious that the 1991 movie Defending Your Life has lingered in my thoughts all these years. It wasn’t the filmmaking that made such a lasting impression but the movie’s premise.
When we die, the movie suggests, we are called to be accountable for ourselves, and the measure by which we defend our lives is courage. And not just the courage we associate with soldiers heading into combat, firefighters running into burning buildings or heroes facing down a tank at Tiananmen Square. It’s the ordinary variety, the minor acts of courage we perform on a daily basis.
Or fail to.