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As a leader, would you rather...

82% Be loved

18% Be feared

As a leader, would you rather...

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Be loved
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Be feared

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  • 394

    Bitchywhiteguy

    10 years ago

    Someone has to be "that guy" and I think I'd do it pretty well.

    • 176

      Ellipsis

      8 years ago

      You, I like you.

    • 72

      Alex Bryans

      7 years ago

      Yessss.... You will do nicely....

    • 44

      valcorwabajak

      7 years ago

      mwaahahaahahaha yeeessssssssss

    • 72

      Samuel Metcalf

      7 years ago

      WHAT HAVE WE UNLEASHED!?

    • 71

      Nick Tolley

      7 years ago

      Are this 17% all wanna be Hitlers?

    • 73

      Byodensbeard

      7 years ago

      Nick, keep talking like that and you will wake up in a concentration camp.

    • 35

      Kai Rapley

      7 years ago

      Oh hey Hitler.... You have 5 clones...

    • 32

      berenkuntz

      7 years ago

      would you guys seriously want a bitchy white guy for a leader???

    • 20

      Karma

      7 years ago

      How do you change your profile picture?

    • 5

      Eduardo Godoy

      7 years ago

      sieg

    • 15

      Cody Dudash

      6 years ago

      Damn, clicked on the wrong one, if people don't fear you, shit don't get done. If you voted blue, read "The Prince" by Machiavelli.

    • 37

      AlexAnder Katamadze

      6 years ago

      i want people to be afraid of how much they love me

    • 2

      Theorcofdead

      6 years ago

      cody, don't you mean:"il principle'' at least, in that he explains his theories on feared and stuff.

    • 2

      Kat

      6 years ago

      Dictatorship is the way to go :D

    • 4

      kamikazethecat

      6 years ago

      Agreed. Besides, I'd rebuild the British Empire, I want to be feared by my enemies.

    • 9

      Mysticbutterflies

      6 years ago

      If someone loves you they're willing to do anything for you. That's the type of hold you have over them

    • 14

      Sylva

      6 years ago

      @Cody No, if people fear you, you eventually get overthrown and nobody would want to do anything for you. If people love you, nobody would want to start a revolution against you, but rather lay down their life for you. Come on, use your brain. It's simple logic.

    • 3

      KindlyWhisper

      6 years ago

      Being feared is better than being loved...

    • 6

      Machiavelli_returns

      6 years ago

      Your name is "trashywhiteguy" buy your picture looks like a "educatedblackwoman"

    • 0

      fuckamericanukepakis

      6 years ago

      paki

    • 0

      darkmatter

      5 years ago

      A Dark Knight

    • 0

      Kampfhampster

      5 years ago

      you could be that guy and still be loved, if you chose blue

    • 0

      Billy4546

      4 years ago

      Reminds me of inFAMOUS cause this was actually a choice

    • 1

      ©€||£¥

      4 years ago

      Trust me it's better to be feared than loved

    • 0

      Jacob

      4 years ago

      LET THE HATE RUN THROUGH YOU.

    • 1

      Balthazar

      4 years ago

      I waltz on the hands of my people

    • 3

      kronos

      4 years ago

      Hmm, lets think about this, if im feared even by military ect, where could this lead to? A: a rich, powerful overlord boss!

    • 1

      Julio

      4 years ago

      if you are loved people would do anything for you, especially the women if you know wat im saing

    • 0

      xXDark__LordXx

      4 years ago

      wow i got nothing more to say LOL

    • 0

      EDGED

      4 years ago

      Fear would stop people from walking all over you but love could start peace I'd say there about the same.

    • 1

      William

      4 years ago

      To people saying I wanna be hitler, no I do not. and you will get overthrown by the capitalists. Choose the red, go to the red.

    • 3

      PebblePanda

      4 years ago

      your username is "bitchywhiteguy", but your profile picture is a kind-looking black woman... Is this on purpose ?

    • 1

      blackarmor999

      4 years ago

      EVERYONE FEARS ME. EVERYONE

    • 0

      fartface

      4 years ago

      berenkunts thats racist.

    • 1

      Keelan barron

      4 years ago

      it's better to be feared then to be loved in something like a war.

    • 0

      HardcoreTS

      4 years ago

      HAH! NOT MANY AGREE WITH YOU MACHIAVELLI.

    • 0

      EnchantedAppl

      4 years ago

      I wanna be loved

    • 2

      Shadowofdestruction

      4 years ago

      I want you all to fear me

    • 0

      Wokadee2004

      4 years ago

      Nick Tolley, I am a wannabe Voldemort.

    • 0

      Keelan barron

      4 years ago

      i will always be the person to be feared.

    • 1

      TurdManJones

      4 years ago

      I Would Love For People To Be Scared Of Shit (My Name Referecnce)

    • 0

      Nathan

      4 years ago

      @KindlyWisper no...

    • 1

      BIIIIIIIIIKES

      4 years ago

      @Nick Both your comment made my day and I have to correct you on something: now, it's 18%

    • 0

      Techy

      3 years ago

      They never said WHO you had to be loved by ;)

    • 0

      MostlySkeptic

      3 years ago

      IM HITLERS SON

    • 0

      Meme Lord

      3 years ago

      im gonna be he hitler, hitler was loved, riiiight!

    • 0

      JayYX

      3 years ago

      Higher chance of getting killed by anyone, but if you are feared people won't mess with you.

    • 1

      Kermit

      3 years ago

      I agree.

    • 3

      that guy

      3 years ago

      The only way to get by in this place is to get ourselves some respect. FEAR THAT'S HOW WE GET RESPECT! SHOW THEM HOW WE DO THINGS! It should be fair this is a place of justice after all. SCREW JUSTICE! JUST KILL HER AND THEY"LL ALL FEAR US! *flips coin* This court is now in session!

    • 1

      rafaelsolano387

      2 years ago

      me to

    • 0

      Just Leo

      2 years ago

      i agree why can't we be a community :)

    • 0

      Zak

      2 years ago

      Why the f would u wanna be feared

    • 0

      Jpodmoney

      2 years ago

      What does Marcellus Wallace look like..?

    • 0

      Ben D Beast

      2 years ago

      good let the anger flow through you

    • 0

      DerpKing

      1 year ago

      next thing they know they're part of a cult of cult leaders trying to be feared...

    • 0

      Ashraf Asim

      1 year ago

      Trump.

    • 0

      sandman_gaming

      1 year ago

      to be honest, I feel really weird when people are afraid of me.

    • 0

      Will83

      1 year ago

      someone has to be that edgy kid

    • 0

      BigDave123

      5 months ago

      True

    • 0

      Ling Yang

      3 months ago

      @Ellipsis they say you have to fear them though. Quite ironic hmm.

  • 123

    tawnychad

    9 years ago

    I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.

  • 57

    Cait

    10 years ago

    no question.

    • 15

      Muhammad Nur Zafran

      7 years ago

      then why did you comment

    • 100

      Eldo

      7 years ago

      @Muhammad Nur Zafran To say no question.

    • 6

      Booger

      7 years ago

      GET ALPHA!!! (CLICKED THE WRONG FUCKING BUTTON... FUCK!!!)

    • 57

      insert.a.sexy.name.

      7 years ago

      Think logically would you rather go to war with a loved man or a feared man and that's only as a leader that doesn't mean I'm a bad leader or a bad man just means I'm hardened

    • 41

      Lasse Hauberg

      7 years ago

      @insert.a.sexy.name. Think your argument over again. Who will you men fight for: A commander that scares them into war, or one that they willingly fight, and eventually lay down their lives, for?

    • 25

      thatoneperson123

      7 years ago

      Scare people into loving you

    • 0

      J3 Omega

      6 years ago

      Lassie Hauberg

    • 7

      Anthony

      6 years ago

      Fear is the best motivation to get stuff done but it also leads to trust issuses and an overthrow... so yeah I'd want people to like me

    • 3

      51%

      6 years ago

      No brainer if u aren't eeeeeeevvvilll

    • 4

      Reshatina

      4 years ago

      If I had a lightsaber and a cool mask, I could be a badass sith.

    • 2

      Fuzzy's Soup

      3 years ago

      I like being feared, but...

  • 29

    Azer Faraclas

    10 years ago

    Ideally I would have picked both.

  • 22

    Shoten

    8 years ago

    Considering you would be a leader, don't know if many read the top line and just run their mouths but I'd rather be a strong leader, make them now where you stand.

  • 16

    Sunderlandfan99

    7 years ago

    "It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved." Niccolo Machiavelli

  • 11

    jalenhenry5453

    7 years ago

    If they're afraid they will try to kill you.

    • 0

      mEmE

      2 years ago

      The idea is that they're too afraid to attempt anything.

  • 11

    horsedickdotmpeg

    8 years ago

    No question, if I was loved people would make me their dicator

  • 11

    redfeather14

    9 years ago

    people would love me because the guy everyone fears, fears me

  • 10

    SuperHaas

    8 years ago

    who would want to be loved and taken advantage of when you can be feared and make people shit themselves just by hearing your name???

    • 7

      Anju

      7 years ago

      DON'T TALK ABOUT "YOU KNOW WHO"!!! YOU'LL SCARE THE CHILDREN!

    • 3

      BringOntheRoboticGod

      7 years ago

      Way to be cynical. Trust issues? Feared=hated. Hated=people will overthrow you at the first chance. To hold onto power, you become a monster. Then you become like Stalin and Hitler. When you are loved, your people have genuine respect, which is what is crucial to honest rule.

    • 1

      HououinKyouma

      4 years ago

      If they actually love you they won't take advantage of you.

    • 0

      Randoman

      4 years ago

      No, being loved makes you easily able to take advantage of. If you're feared people will be too scared to not do what you will.

  • 9

    scottib217

    9 years ago

    Loved by my people, feared by my enemies

  • 7

    God of Knowledge

    8 years ago

    Had you any sense in your pathetic mortal skull, you should know to fear The God of Knowledge, and his infinite power.

    • 2

      wrathseed

      8 years ago

      * whispers* Someone takes role playing a bit too seriously...

  • 6

    tony

    8 years ago

    Easy, I want people to fear how much they love me

  • 6

    smaug777000

    8 years ago

    "fear lasts longer" - Bronx Tale

  • 5

    Pilzi

    4 years ago

    "Its always better to be feared as to be loved if you can not have both" -Machiavelli

  • 5

    KilltheHobos

    7 years ago

    If they love is much stronger. You can get someone that loves you to do way more crazy shit than someone that just fears you.

  • 5

    Kai Bakken

    8 years ago

    I'd be a god damn sith lord. No mercy.

  • 5

    blackenedchi

    9 years ago

    people get clingy when they all love you.

  • 4

    Pablo GodinEz

    6 years ago

    Omg people, read Mackiavelo its better to be feared, one thing is to be hated and other to be feared

  • 4

    Marippy

    7 years ago

    Long live the Catlands!

  • 4

    Josh Van Natta

    8 years ago

    Everyone that said love should pick up a book called The Prince.

    • 2

      megahype

      7 years ago

      The Prince explains that either extreme is bad so not much of a difference.

  • 4

    Jason

    8 years ago

    does respected come under the loved side? because i would really rather be respected than either of those.

  • 4

    Benjamin

    8 years ago

    A combination of both would be ideal, but if I had to choose it would be love

    • 0

      Surfernick

      4 years ago

      Being loved as a leader won't help as much as being feared both are good but if only one is possible feared is the better choice

  • 3

    DeannaWinchester11

    5 years ago

    FEAR MEEE

  • 3

    Lord Longflap

    5 years ago

    Just saying, Heisenberg.

  • 3

    Yoda578

    7 years ago

    Heil Hitler

  • 3

    massimo

    7 years ago

    Theres always some scumbag who pretends he loves you but he wants to kill you...you never know if you are really loved or not so if you are feard nobody will try to sneak up on you

  • 3

    idpiasg

    7 years ago

    Has no-one seen or read Machiavelli's opinion

  • 3

    asneakyfatcat

    8 years ago

    I am Molestia, come my comrades, socialism will never let us fail.

  • 3

    deathpwnie

    8 years ago

    Machiavelli was right! (and commonly misinterpreted)

  • 0

    leedemon

    1 day ago

    fear is a powerful motivator and i know how to motivate

  • 0

    stephen

    1 week ago

    be feard like thanos

  • 2

    WilkerS1

    4 years ago

    LOVE ME!

  • 2

    Aidan Reynolds

    4 years ago

    I feel like the people who selected: "Be Feared", didn't quite understand how that would effect their lives. Let me explain as simple as possible; The feared are the enemy, the loved is the ally. In any instance a person would enjoy to be the one that can be trusted.

  • 2

    #Asha

    5 years ago

    It would be weird having either as I'm already inbetween

  • 2

    Sydney

    5 years ago

    Who the heck would not want to be loved

  • 2

    Stijn Weyts

    6 years ago

    Fear me, bitches!

  • 2

    Newmetalfriend

    7 years ago

    It's funny how fear is red and love is blue.

  • 2

    Jayson

    7 years ago

    If it's a universal thing then everyone would listen to me so I could get shit done and be nice.

  • 0

    Tyler

    1 week ago

    "it is better to be feared than loved if one cannot be both"~Machiavelli

  • 2

    Aku

    7 years ago

    Srs this question is from the movie A Bronx Tale. Probably the greatest movie God has ever made. I loved more than Scarface and thats s

  • 2

    Rowan93

    7 years ago

    It's only better to be feared than love if you happen to be the government. If everyone loved the government, but didn't take them seriously enough to worry about the police when they committed crimes, it would suck ass to be president.

  • 2

    Mike

    8 years ago

    Machiavelli said that it is best to be loved and feared, but if a choice must be made between the two, it is better to be feared than loved.

  • 2

    overtherainbow

    9 years ago

    Having a good president/leader makes people less likely to do bad things. When life is all good, people are less likely to want to screw it up.

  • 2

    projects8an

    9 years ago

    Instructions ---------> evil-guide.tripod.com

  • 1

    LUKKA132

    6 months ago

    What kind of question is that XD

  • 0

    Stranger

    2 weeks ago

    Love is resoect

  • 0

    nekosloth

    3 weeks ago

    why not it aint going to happen

  • 0

    DredgenWar237

    1 month ago

    Being feared will always end up with you being usurped.

  • 1

    Bearley

    1 year ago

    If everyone loves you, they wont kill you. Logic people, use it!

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