2006 — Most Philosophical 5th
Grader in America:
Audrey Zuckerman, Texas
Hope is like a gateway
leading you to safety, but taking you away from the world that
will make you stronger. Fear is a gateway that leads you to courage.
Fear hampers you but makes you stronger. Fear leads you to hope.
There would be no hope if there were no fear. Fear will give you
hope by anxiety. Remembering all the things you fear and wish
to exonerate makes you angry. The anger will get you through it
all. If there were only hope and no fear, our world would have
no challenges. Hope is a brilliant thing but ghastly alone. Without
hope, our world would fall apart. We would never be able to get
through simple daily life or have the courage to do the things
that make our lives audacious. We would be able to do anything
we like, but there would be no adventures. A lifetime is meaningless
unless you have challenges and adventures to battle and a complete
life to live. On the other hand, our lives with fear only would
be appalling. We would never take a risk. We would never be able
to socialize in fear of being disliked. Hope and fear rely on
each other. The world would anguish if either one were to deteriorate.
Neither is in any way powerful or useful without the other. Our
world without them would slowly diminish and suffer until we corroded
into a mist of confusion and isolation.
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