I Feel It Is Better To Be Loved Than Feared
Although Machiavelli claims to be feared is better than to be loved, I feel the opposite. How can we let one man in history decide on which is better. Yes, if we continually give and give, in the end we as the generous will be in poverty, but giving is not the only way of showing love. Did Martin Luther King Jr. not show love to everyone? I do not know of many who feared him.
It is important to understand that Machiavelli not only tries to push this opinion on us, but his reasons against love are not well justified. His main argument is that if we continue to be generous, those around us will want more and more. This is true, but generosity is not the only way of showing love. Kings and Princes could have easily displayed love through their actions and words. Continuous speeches of how one will protect his people or “peasants” show love. By not using brutality and sparring those in need shows love. This is what will draw the support of the citizens.
Martin Luther King Jr. was loved by all and feared by almost none. I can not think of one story showing how people “feared” that King was going to use violence against them. Yet, look at all he accomplished as a civil rights leader. King used his actions to show love. He stood up for his brothers and sisters to show them he cared. He was not “overthrown” for doing this, instead he was deeply respected.
I know that the times are very different, but Kings could have ruled in the same way. By representing the values of his citizens he could have been loved, and even more, respected. They would not have felt it easier to do wrong against him just because he had showed them respect. They would have thought him a worthy leader whom they “loved.”