2006 — 6th Grade 4th Place
Anthony Tokman, California
When given the question "which is more powerful, fear or
hope", the first answer that comes to mind is probably hope,
but is hope really as powerful as fear? The question does not
ask which of them, fear or hope, is more positive. It asks which
generates more power in the mind. They both are strong, but fear
is stronger. Fear is an emotion that causes you to lose many of
your senses due to certain conditions, and become a person beyond
what you normally are. Fear controls people more than hope. Hope
just adds to your other ideas in your mind, while fear takes control
Fear, most of the time, changes your behavior. You can be controlled
by fear your whole life. You can feel like you are no longer commanding
your body and let fear take over your senses. It can tarnish other
ideas like a thick black paint. "He who fears something gives
it power over him," says a Moorish proverb. Fear can turn
you into a person of depression and aggressiveness. Not many men
are strong enough to overcome fear in all situations.
Hope, on the other hand, does not control your actions. Compared
to fear, hope is a weak human emotion. Although hope can often
help a person overcome difficulties, it does not generally take
full control of the person's behavior, like fear can.
Fear does not need to have dominance over the whole mind to show
its strength. Fear can be powerful in minute quantities. It can
still lead to temporary misery. The way it can be imagined is
that when fear is introduced into the mind, it replaces one, or
many good qualities. That is how it works. Takes away good, and
brings in its own devastating power.
In conclusion, hope is purely a good trait added to your mind.
It takes little control and does not take over other ideas I your
mind. Fear, though, is more powerful because it actually can,
and often does, change your actions. Sometimes it could be positive,
yet mostly it is negative. Even in diminutive amounts, fear has
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear."
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