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Is it Better to be Loved or Feared ?
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Posted 11/27/07 , edited 11/29/07
From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved rather than feared, or feared rather than loved. It might perhaps be answered that we should wish to be both: but since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved. A leader ought to inspire fear in such a way that, if he does not win love, he avoids hatred. Machiavelli

Well, that's what Mackiavelli thought, but what do YOU think.

is it better to be feared or loved?
Why do you believe your choice?
What are the benefits of your choice over the other option?


Personally, I prefer to be feared, I tried being loved, long story short, I failed miserably, and to tell you the truth I feel like a total pussy for trying (no offense). Love is a fickle human emotion that can be taken away on a whim, fear is alot harder to shake

I was a shrimp until I was 12 years old, and ended up growing freakishly tall due to unexpected growth spurts, and I discovered weight lifting at 14. But before that, I was just about anyone's bitch, I got to a point that I would walk down the halls of my school looking at the floor, just so I could avoid pissing someone off (people used to get angry with me for just looking at them)

But after I got big, and started to walk around looking like I hated everyone and everything, things changed, my freshman year in high school on a fateful bus ride, an upper classman started making fun of my sister after she rebuffed his "game", at first I thought my sister could handle it, since she often stood up for me

But then it got to a point where he started making fun of the family, and his jokes were getting increasingly harsh, so finally I just snapped at his ass, and told him "if you say another word in this fucking direction I don't like, I'm gonna bash your head through the fuckin windsheild and drag your ass under that train", right then and there, he shut up, and didn't say not one more word, it was the first time I "punked" someone out, it wouldn't be the last

On that day, I established myself as a person not to be fucked with. Now whenever I'm around one of my various cousins, and someone starts to mess with them, all they have to say is, "my cousin Abel is right there", and of course no one messes with any of my sisters. Life is alot like the animal kingdom, if you don't establish dominance soon enough, then your pretty much evreyone else's lunch
Posted 11/27/07
i'd rather be loved :|
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Very tough choice, but I think I would rather be loved then feared, but that wasn't the case a few years ago, life changes...
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Posted 11/27/07
lilo of both. hahaaa....
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Posted 11/27/07
love i suppose
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Posted 11/27/07
hard to choose...... loved maybe...
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Posted 11/27/07
Wow an intelligent thread
I'd like to be loved. It's just because I'm not someone who activly seeks power. I like some leadership now and then but I try to get it diplomatically. I really want to feel loved and because I have problems with attaining boyfriend girlfriend relationships, it's something I want more.
Posted 11/27/07
Abel, I know you know what I'm going to say but I'm going to say it anyway. Its a hell of a lot better to be feared.
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Posted 11/27/07
loved
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Posted 11/27/07
i would say love its kinda better and sometime love can kill you make u do crazy stuff u no wat i mean right hehehe
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Posted 11/27/07
i say love lol
feared wouldn'tseem right cause they fear u n u fear them for plotting something against u
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Posted 11/27/07
Feared.

Its easier to live that way.

Something like that happened to me to~ But I made them start crying...
And now no one picks on me anymore~

But yeah, I would much rather be feared by all then loved by all, being loved is hassling..
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Posted 11/27/07
Loved...xd
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Posted 11/27/07
Loved because in the end they will still have fear. Fear of losing your love. Love has more power.
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Posted 11/27/07
Call me evil whatever you life but I'd rather be feared. if you're loved people expect you too be all nice and willing to help them or lend them anything xD If you're feared, people won't even bother asking
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