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benjen_stark
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DrCereal
Con (against)

Do you need to be afraid to be brave?

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Started: 2/21/2017 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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benjen_stark

Pro

A buddy of mine tried to tell me that it is possible to be brave without being afraid of something. I think this is wrong, and goes against the very definition of bravery.
DrCereal

Con

Definition of 'bravery':
The "readiness" to face trouble, pain, danger, etc. with courage and without fear. [1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Being since the overwhelming majority of English dictionaries seem to give this definition of 'bravery' in some way or another, we can easily assume that this definition is correct, and since this definition desribes a state "without fear", we can further conclude that you do not require fear to be brave and even that, as you said, being fearful is the exact opposite of being brave.

Your friend was indeed mistaken.

Possible debate issues:
If you were going to argue the position I have taken, then I apologize. The way the debate was set up seemed to me like you were going to argue for the debate topic (i.e. you do need to be fearful to be brave) because you are, in fact, 'pro'.

Sources:
[1] https://en.oxforddictionaries.com...
[2] https://www.vocabulary.com...
[3] http://www.dictionary.com...
[4] http://www.yourdictionary.com...
[5] http://www.thefreedictionary.com...
[6] http://www.macmillandictionary.com...
[7] http://dictionary.reverso.net...
Debate Round No. 1
benjen_stark

Pro

I am sorry if the way I set up this argument is confusing. This is my first experience on debate.org and I am still figuring it out.

I am arguing that to be brave, you do, in fact, need to have fear of something.
To quote Eddard Stark from A Game of Thrones:

"Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?'
'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him."
- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

In response to the definition argument: the Merriam Webster dictionary defines bravery as "the quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty".
So according to this widely accepted definition, bravery is displayed in response to a fear.

Sources:
[1] http://www.goodreads.com...
[2] https://www.merriam-webster.com...
DrCereal

Con

This really is just up to interpretation.

Even though I have provided more sources that support my position, I will concede the argument due to the lack of "correctness" either of us could have.
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Perussi 9 months ago
Perussi
DrCereal, you are a math guy? How can i calculate if a line passes through the area of a circle? (or is on the border at any point of it's path)
Posted by DrCereal 1 year ago
DrCereal
That and there's very little I could actually add at this point.
Posted by Aspirant 1 year ago
Aspirant
Instigator claims to reject it, but isn't the debate setup so he's for it?
If he took the con side I'd consider jumping on this, for bravery is the mental strength to face fear. Without fear there is nothing to be brave against.
Posted by d-baiter 1 year ago
d-baiter
It just an argument on linguistics. Each side will give different meaning to the word.
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