Nearly every element of the paper was like a weekly slap in the face to the Germans.
|Napoleon In Hell, Wiertz Museum|
I will, of course, be including the story of La Libre Belgique in my upcoming book (it's too good not to), but for now, I can tell you the editor during the first two years of the paper was an unassuming hero named Eugene van Doren (see below). The photo caption reads: "A less conventionally
Regardless of what he looked like, van Doren was a remarkable man who ran a newspaper that became so much more than paper and ink. It became a symbol of defiance and hope in a country that needed both desperately. A source of national pride in the face of German occupation.
Fearlessness is not the same as the absence of fear
The fearless person is well aware of the fear she faces. The fear, though, becomes a compass, not a barrier. It becomes a way to know what to do next, not an evil demon to be extinguished.
When we deny our fear, we make it stronger.
When we reassure the voice in our head by rationally reminding it of everything that will go right, we actually reinforce it.
Pushing back on fear doesn't make us brave and it doesn't make us fearless. Acknowledging fear and moving on is a very different approach, one that permits it to exist without strengthening it.
Life without fear doesn't last very long--you'll be run over by a bus (or a boss) before you know it. The fearless person, on the other hand, sees the world as it is (fear included) and then makes smart (and brave) decisions.