The World’s Most Powerful Motivation

Emotions. Our emotions are the world’s most powerful motivators.

A general list of emotions includes joy, sadness, anger, trust, anticipation, love, surprise, and fear. Think back on your life and you will see that all the most memorable moments, both good and bad, are tied to your emotional response.

A few quotes regarding heroes:

“No hero is braver than an ordinary man, he’s just braver five minutes longer.” -Ronald Reagan

“Do you know who a hero is? Nine times out of ten, a hero is someone who is tired enough, cold enough, and hungry enough not to give a damn. I don’t give a damn.” -Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others, at whatever cost.” -Arthur Ashe

Each is driven by an emotion. I questioned whether greed might be an emotion, and my research shows a real division of thought. Many believe it is an emotion while others say it is a character trait. In the end, the reason a person is greedy may not matter, only the fact that they are is relevant.

I would suggest greed is tied to selfishness. If we were to look at Arthur Ashe’s quote above, we might see the hero is tied to selflessness. I would also suggest we are not likely to ever find a selfish hero.

Who uses emotions to their advantage?

Advertisers use emotion to sell their products. This is not always bad, however, it is likely that most of us have purchased something based on emotion that we later realized we really did not need and will not use. Advertisers also serve a purpose by educating consumers as to the products they may want but are unaware it exists.

Fear is likely the most powerful of emotions.

Criminals use surprise and fear to their advantage. It is seldom an alert and a prepared person is a victim of their crimes. The careless and those who are unaware often suffer the consequences.

Terrorists and politicians are probably the biggest offenders of using emotion to sway people, massive groups of people. A murderer or rapist might terrorize a neighborhood or even a city. Terrorists and politicians control entire nations or even regions of the world with their tactics.

We are well aware of what terrorists do to control our behavior, and we have also seen what happens when they encounter an aware and prepared victim. There are numerous examples of intended victims who took control of the situation and refused to be a victim. They may not have planned that day to be a hero, but their response made them one nonetheless.

Politicians are, generally speaking, terrorists in their own right.

“Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment,” Donald Trump said May 7 at a rally in Washington. “Hillary Clinton wants to take your guns away, and she wants to abolish the Second Amendment.”

Donald Trump says November’s US presidential election “is going to be rigged,” making the claim twice on Monday. The property tycoon also called his rival Hillary Clinton “the Devil”.

Hillary Clinton, cautioning that any Trump-appointed justices would be likely to roll back workers’ and abortion rights and “demolish pillars of the progressive movement.”

“What kind of justice would President Trump appoint, or for that matter what kind of attorney general?” she asked, noting the Republican front-runner wants a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country and the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants.

“Once you make the extreme normal, you open the door to even worse,” she said in Madison, Wisconsin, as part of a two-day trip to the state ahead of its April 5 Democratic and Republican primary elections.

Whether we look at presidential, congressional or state level politicians, we see the same thing. The other guy will do terrible things and I can stop them, I can save you…I can be the hero. Remember, there is a way to protect yourself from criminals, terrorists, and politicians – awareness, education and preparation.

The following quote is widely attributed to Benjamin Franklin, however, it is unclear if that is accurate. The quote does have solid elements of truth, so here it is.

“Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for supper. Liberty (or freedom) is a well informed and armed sheep contesting the vote.”

Joan of Arc from Flickr via Wylio

© 2006 DavidFlickr | CC-BY

The salvation of our republic will not come from a self-appointed hero who raises the most money and acquires the most votes – it will be those who through awareness, education, preparation and personal responsibility refuse to be a victim to parties or politicians. These will be the true heroes.

Photo Credit: “Angel sculpture, Martyrs’ Square – Place des Martyrs – Martelaarsplaats 2”, © 2009 Dr Les (Leszek – Leslie) SachsFlickr | CC-BY

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