QE April 3 2017 Is personal threat (or its disappearance) usually the main driver of action or belief? [Thor]

1. Leading question: Is personal threat (or its disappearance) usually the main driver of action or belief? … or stated in a more colourful way: “Knowing that you will be shot at dawn concentrates the mind wonderfully" - How useful is this idiom as a guide to management and self-management?

Here are some example propositions that flow from it (they might or might not be true):

a) "The great handicap of the welfare state is that it takes pressure off individuals to exercise initiative".

b) "Australian's are basically lazy because there is always a way to get by in this country".

c) "Traditional religion has been fading for 300 years because the fear of early death has lost reality for the young (with increasing lifespans )."

d) "Trumpism's assault on democracy and truth-telling is leading to an urgent rebirth of democracy and truth-telling".

2. If people were paid a basic survival income, would they still work?

3. Is a life threatening disease enough to get people to change their diet and exercise?

4. Is the threat to leave a boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife usually enough to get them to change their behaviour?

5. How many people change their behaviour when they realized that their actions and attitudes are a career handicap (or even a job risk)?

6. How effective is criminal prosecution at deterring crime?

7. Do threats influence short term behaviour and long term behaviour differently?

8. What kind of threat would drive you to leave your country, lifestyle, religion and possessions to emigrate (or even become a refugee)?

9. How do you think children react to threats?

10. Has a media cycle created a climate of fear and threat which causes people to lose social trust and avoid apparent risk?

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