It has been said that fear is the chief activator of our character defects.
I concur. That surely makes sense in terms of personal growth, or its lack.
"If you want to make the right decision for the future, fear is not a very good consultant."
-- Markus Dohle, chairman and CEO of Random House, as quoted by Ken Auletta in The New Yorker, April 26, 2010. (The discussion concerned pricing negotiations regarding e-books.)
True in the mercantile arena too.