Ted Talks: Courage Is Contagious
Artist Damon Davis was one of the people that moved out to protest after feds killed Michael Brown in 2014.The killing of Michael and the speaker’s moving out changed his life a great deal. Just like anyone else would, he experienced immense anger but the most important part was that he got a sense of love for self and community.
He has come up with a documentary named “Whose Streets?” and this particular production tells about the harrowing story of protests. He released it from the stand point of the various activists that showed up to strongly challenge those that persistently use power to spread fear and hate.
He confessed that while on stage he was gripped by fear. But it was surprising to him that quite few people could admit it when they felt fear in their lives. He takes on the perspective that most of the people shun away from admitting it because they believe that fear spreads pretty first.
The speaker asserts that there is really a very thin line between fear and an actual disease. The reality of the matter is that when time comes for it to spread it actually spreads like wildfire. But it is rather interesting when it comes to that point where even in the face of fear one still moves ahead to do whichever thing he/she has to do. The speaker outlines that this is the best definition of courage. Fear and courage share one thing in common-both of them are contagious.
The artist comes from East St. Louis. This happens to be a small city across the Mississippi River from St. Louis and he confesses that he has spent a large part of his life around St. Louis Missouri.
Michael Brown is one of the many kids that lost their lives to law enforcement and this is something he believed needed to come to an end. He called upon the rest of the artists to be conveyors of courage. Getting an in-depth understanding of what fear is and the power it brought in one is important. Fear is not to cripple anyone according to the speaker.