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Is it Better to be Loved or Feared ?
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Posted 11/27/07
it's better to be loved by the people. but a small bit of fear can go a long way in disciplining them. if you are truly loved, then people will readily offer up their all to support you and your regime. genuine love for your leadership and rule will lead to unconditional support.

with fear, you can only get as much as that person can take before they reach their breaking point. when that happens, that person is rendered completely useless to you. and overly oppressive regimes ruled by fear usually collapse due to pressures both internal and external wishing for change. not only will you isolate your nation/kingdom from others, but constant oppression only breeds discontent and rebellion. you have to keep your people happy in order for that not to happen. and that's harder to do in a regime run by fear.

although fear can control a population in the short run, even a beaten dog will bite back the hand of its master when given the opportunity. you'll always have to remain vigilant with the people and suppress them. but sooner or later, they will reach their breaking point and snap.

if anything, there must be more love expressed by the ruler rather than fear. love will carry a nation further than unhappiness and discontent.
Posted 11/27/07
I rather be loved than feared.
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I'd prefer to be loved by my followers, like a child and a loving (good) parent. It's a good balance I think, a love that influences behavior due to fear of the loss of love, perhaps? It's a thin line to tread though (there are plenty of terrible parents out there). By fear alone, a backlash of hate and bitterness would be inevitable and eventually be a leader's undoing.
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LOVED
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25 / M / Dude where am i?
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Posted 11/27/07
loved i guess
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116 / F / SMILY♥LAND
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Posted 11/27/07
Feared. (: Even though I sometimes do think about being loved.
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both.......... it just depends on the cercumstances!
Posted 11/27/07
I'd rather be loved
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24 / F / U.S.A
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The trick is being feared but still being loved. Like I had to read the Prince and I had to respond to a question simliar to this this year. I responded that a ruler could be a scary ruler but the people still love him for what he does for them.
I don't know but when it comes down to it and I had to choose, I would pick loved.
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28 / M / Fresno
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loved
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26 / F / Corner of No and...
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Feared.
To be feared means you have power.
Love is complicated, messy, and overrated.
I would much prefer to be feared, it's simpler and in some ways, more fun.
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28 / M / USA
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Why would you want to be feared? I would rather be "respected" than feared. So I'm going to have to say "loved".
Posted 11/27/07
loved
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35 / M / Philippines
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Posted 11/27/07
of course to be loved!
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if your feared you will be alone in this world. if your loved you will never be alone.

hmm i think Im gonna go with Loved.
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