Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French Author/Philosopher/Nobel Prize Winner
This should be self-evident and more likely than not it is, yet some of us still dance to the beat of such dreadful drummers as if by default. People who inspire any positive emotion through negative means are expert manipulators. They see themselves as above the rules that apply to everyone else, and when by our actions we prove them right how can we blame them for feeling that way?
Anyone who inspires intense emotional or physical fear should be avoided at all cost, but it has been a lifelong habit of mine to court such disasters. My awareness of that trend has never been more vivid to me than it is right now. And the breaking of a cycle has never been more possible than it is at this moment.
Awareness makes it impossible to just blindly go on thoughtlessly making the same mistakes. And it is a lot harder to do a misdeed when internal voices are screaming at us to get a clue and stop all foolishness. Taking stock of what you have stored in your cupboard makes tossing out the bad things a mandatory endeavor, and what could be worse to keep a firm hold on than respect for anyone who earned it by fear.
THINK ABOUT IT
LET IT GROW
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