The Hallmarks of Cowardice
These are the attitudes cowards adopt to justify/glorify their weakness and fear.
A coward will attempt to mask their fear as concern for others.
A coward will abandon all other considerations for a narrow definition of acceptable outcomes.
A coward will pick and choose their moral position in relation to their fear and insecurity, not maintain a consistent basis of morality over time.
A coward will attempt to divert the central issues by creating performative competitions in which they believe they already have the only acceptable positions.
A coward is obsessed with quantities, and will abandon all quality to achieve greater quantity.
A coward is neutotically averse to the inescaple fact of their mortality.
A coward seeks their identity within a group, rather than as an individual.
A coward believes that fight or flight are the only options.
A coward thinks strength is the ability to withstand force, or counter it, rather than bend to it while they figures out a way to outwit it.
A coward is a slave to their impulses and identity.
A coward is pleased to be oppressed so long as the ritual falsehood of safety is promised.
A coward judges others by dividing them into simple binary labels, then becomes a fundamentalist for 'their side’.
A coward would rather have you silenced than listen authentically when it threatens to challenge their biases.
A coward would have stopped reading this several sentences ago and gotten angry because they are too cowardly to accept their character flaws and have decided just to reduce the author to some scapegoat caricature rather than face the areas of their persona that require intentional growth.