2006 — Most Philosophical 4th
Grader in America:
Steve Rathje, Oregon
Hope will keep your fears behind you
To move forward, hope will keep your fears behind you. I think
fear is like running against the wind. It holds you back and slows
History has many examples of the power of fear. Fear that the
world was flat kept people from exploring the world. Fear of witches
caused people to do terrible things. Fear of bad people with armies
allowed good people to watch silently as millions were killed.
Fear of terrorists makes us afraid to travel.
We have many fears, such as the fear of bullies, the fear of speaking
out against something we think is wrong, the fear of trying something
new, and the fear of failing. Each of these fears keeps us from
doing the things we want to do.
I think hope is like running with the wind at your back. It moves
you forward and keeps fear behind you.
Hope is more powerful than fear. Hope causes us to explore the
unknown. Hope gives us the courage to stand up to bad people.
Hope encourages us to speak out against things that are wrong.
Hope helps us to stand up to bullies. Hope helps us to try new
History proves over and over that fear may stop us for awhile,
but hope always motivates us to move forward again. Hope gives
us the power we need to overcome our fear.
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