I offer one nugget of pride in the midst of a lot of recent angst, which was well-justified.
At a blank slate level, without content or context, we all have a little scale in our heads. One cup filled with desire, the other filled with fear. When the desire outweighs the fear, we act. Like some of us have a surplus of desire, so fear has limited power over them. Our desires overpower the fear that would stop mortal men. These desires are so powerful, in fact that we charge forward in situations where we really should stop. We defy laws and social conventions that would paralyze most others, because desire is like an irresistible engine strapped to our ass.