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dreaming of sugarplums, my ass. - Diary of a Necromancer
Excuse me, I'm making perfect sense, you're just not keeping up
dreaming of sugarplums, my ass.
Oh, and before I forget, recent news events prod me to take a survey of the philosophical views of My Fellow Americans:

Poll #224048 Machiavelli gets bored, makes LJ poll - film at 11

Would you rather be loved or feared?



(The 'explain' is limited to 255 characters so longer musings ought to be registered in a Comment.)

I ask because I've always come down more on the 'loved' side of things, on the grounds that while 'feared' can be more effective in the short term, it sets one up for less desirable longer-term effects -- sort of the "catch more flies with honey" argument, if you will. And I ask it now because I see that same short-term/long-term tradeoff being played out in the current Administration's foreign policy decisions: sure, maybe talking would have kept up from losing some of our friends over this Iraq thing, but dammit, beating people up is faster! :) (But look what just happened to that one guy who plumped for the 'feared' side of the equation, hm...? Bet Saddam wishes he had some more real friends right about now...)


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khavrinen From: khavrinen Date: December 23rd, 2003 09:54 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)

Loved, Feared, or ...

What about "Respected?" Not quite as intense as loved, but sometimes a little more dignified. For example, N'Sync and the Backstreet Boys are "loved," but I really don't want anyone behaving toward me the way their fans do....

Also, in my mind "Respected" has a bit more connotation of "people like you because of the integrity of what you do," rather than "you have successfully charmed people into fawning over you, whether it is deserved or not," as "Loved" sometimes can mean.
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