Civil Courage– conversing, relating, sharing ideas with people who think differently than you, representing your ideas, standing up for your ideas, yet doing so in a kind, gracious and considerate manner.

The alternatives are to run from that conversation, avoid that type of confrontation, or bluster your point across in a way that demands acquiescence and censors contradiction. Bluster has little effect, for as the saying goes, a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

If your conversant tries to censor you with bluster, it takes courage to not match their tone, for a gentle answer —gentle yet firm—can turn away wrath.