Not having Courage is not having knowledge. In principle, not having Courage is not having knowledge or having insufficient knowledge.
Courage comes from self-confidence based on the knowledge you have. Then you have Courage.
I put boxing gloves on your hands and say, “Get in the ring!” You’ll say, “What am I going to do with these?” There is no way you are going to go in there! If they put a big guy in front of you, you’ll even say, “I’m not going in there! He’ll kill me!”
But if you know the gloves, if you know what to do with them, if you have many elements of knowledge of that, you’ll automatically say, “Well, I’ll go in. I may even get beat up a bit, but I’ll…”
What appeared? Courage appeared.
What lacked in the other one? Courage.
And where did the Courage come from? From the knowledge you have experienced, from the elements you have to make your life’s game.
That’s why, in general, the fearful are weak, because weakness is lack of knowledge. Lack of Courage, therefore lack of knowledge.
That is why you should fear much more the cowardly than the courageous, because the courageous, having more knowledge, will be more just! And the cowardly, for not having knowledge, will always act through injustice. In other words, the courageous are always virtuous, because they know the art they practice. The cowardly are unjust and virtueless; they don’t know the art they practice for they don’t have elements of the very art they intend to practice.
These are principles for the formation of a society, how to form a society, how to choose men for each position.