I have been pondering human emotion lately. I think the main two emotions which predominantly motivate humans are fear and lust.
I am thankful for both. If not for the intervention of these two things, I may not exist.
However, it seems apparent to me that our society relies too much upon fear.
When people who are afraid, follow those who wield fear, and use fear to convince others to join them, then I also become afraid.
No one should have to live in perpetual fear.
Society generally expects parents to be loving to their children. I agree that a moderate dose of respect for parents and authority figures, which could be also called fear, is healthy. However, if I only do something because I fear someone, then I believe that I am acting for the wrong reasons. If parents create an environment where their children are perpetually terrified of them, then most authorities would label that to be psychological child abuse.
No one should live in perpetual fear.
We inhabit a vast, exciting world with a multitude of opportunities and diversions. As an American, I am fortunate to live in a country where I have the opportunities and rights to pursue my ambitions and goals...I am thankful for the commitments of those who have sacrificed on this Memorial Day holiday. I am thankful to those who sacrificed so that I would not have to live in perpetual fear of an earthly dictator.
What a strange and terrifying, but eerily wonderful world we inhabit.