Fear and aggression; the dark side, are they?

April 9, 2008

Recently I read a blog post railing against the lack of willingness to stand up for others in modern society. Too often, this observation proves widespread. I myself experienced something similar a long time ago, and regret not acting to this day. Most of this, I speculate, comes from a culture of individualism….and a lack of confrontation. We are sorely lacking in aggressive quality these days. This is not to say we should have more anger and violence; rather, we need to improve everyone’s quality of life by introducing a little bit of healthy fear into the mix. For example, I avoid cobras when possible, as they tend to strike fatally when provoked. This is not a crippling fear, but rather a fear that guides my behavior for my (and the cobra’s) safety. Not all fear is bad, no matter what our illustrious long-lost President said. We must be willing to step in and do what’s right, and aggression is necessary for that. Pacifism only works when everyone is pacifist. This isn’t just walking around the streets defending little girls from thugs, either - standing up for someone’s idea in the office when the office bull-head is beating it down for no good reason is JUST as relevant. So next time you find yourself in a position to save someone, do it. Don’t think about it. Just do it.