2006 — 8th Grade 5th Place
Jiyoung Kim, Illinois
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do
the thing which you think you cannot do."-Eleanor Roosevelt.
The inexplicable fear that consumes people's minds through their
own personal horrors is one of the strongest and most prominent
things in their life. It pushes them, challenges them, and makes
them realize the truth. Hope, on the other hand, provides false
expectations that only lead to a depressing fall that crushes
all the faith that had been instilled in it. Fear remains a mysterious
idea to ponder about and it is evident that its strengths are
unparalleled. Even history promotes the idea that this fright
is dominant and remains an intense belief even now.
The cold, lurching dread that lives primarily in the minds of
people drowns them within their own fears. Fear means to be filled
with a cold terror that hovers right above a person's head. It
means to feel a quiet discomfort, just from hearing one word or
seeing one image. In the end, there are several things that make
this a force to be reckoned with, such as the way fear makes a
person try to defeat that challenge while pushing people to become
stronger beings. When challenged with fear, a person will work
harder to try and make the outcome turn the opposite direction.
The panic within him ignites the fire that makes a person push
their limits. It is a match and the kerosene is the dread that
steadily snakes toward the person in fear. One strike of the match
and the person will try their hardest to get away and stop the
flames from licking at their feet. Fear is the ultimate challenge
made especially for each individual, and it never stops existing.
It's the goal that nobody can reach, but everybody tries to achieve.
It never dies and it's never fully gone. This is fear.
Even in the past, fear has shown its true strength time and time
again. In the annals of history, it has played a large role in
molding what society would become and what actions a country would
take. For example, slavery was an idea based on the fear of pain
and anguish that grew steadily. This apprehension pushed slaves
to work as hard as they could and at the same time pushed them
to get away from these burdens. Hey knew that if they stopped
working, they would be punished horribly, but if they all tried
to fight it, they could get away from these terrors. In the past,
fears have made people take drastic measures to try and change
the things that happened and it worked because the power pushing
them from behind was the strongest kind available. Primitive tribes
used to pick a leader based on how frightening he was. They chose
a person because of how much fear he could instill in another,
but that same fear could eventually impel the tribesmen to start
rebelling against him. This powerful aspect of the past is still
playing a crucial part in the present and future as well.
Now, as society has advanced further to a more reasonable state,
it is still undeniably fear that continues to make its way as
a central part of society. September 11 spurred tremendous terror
deep within the hearts of millions and forced the government to
try and improve the security of America's people/ this kind of
distress propelled people into a need for constant security and
made it even safer, despite the gripping dread that engulfed them.
Fear urges people to avoid having to encounter something that
will inevitable harm a person, such as anthrax or the more recent
bird flu, both of which have been studied relentlessly in attempts
to stop it in its tracks. People will go to great lengths to insure
that they are not struck with anything fatal, some even going
as far to wear surgical masks when outdoors. Fear is powerful
in the fact that it can make a person bend to something that didn’t
seem possible before. It pushes people to increase their fortitude
through the mental torrent that pushes their limits further back
than ever. It works to increase the possibilities of a society
and plays an important role in the community. Fear is perhaps
the most powerful feeling that humans can experience, and for
a good reason too.
It makes people stronger, it makes people test themselves, and
that is what fear is. Its constant air of mystery continues to
defy the parameters set up for it. Fear has made large contributions
to the past and present and will continue to do so for the future.
The strength of fear cannot be measured. It remains one of the
most potent emotions that a person can feel. Fear continues to
make the world go around in surprising turns and has helped mold
this society into what it is now. The strength of fear is beyond
compare and people must begin to realize that their fears are
their enemies and at the same time, their strongest weapons.
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