Motivation: Fun vs. Fear

When I was in the sixth grade, my English teacher told us a story about the best persuasive essay she’d ever read from one of her students. The argument of the essay? Everything we do in life is motivated by fear.
 
Why do we go to work? To get money. Why money? So we can buy food. So we don’t starve. Fear of death = motivation of everything.
 
I accepted this as fact for a while, listing different examples in my mind. Students taking extracurricular for fear of not getting into college, giving into peer pressure for fear of being an outsider, dieting for fear of ridicule or health problems…
 
And then I got to roller coasters. Why do we ride roller coasters? For fear of…not having fun?  … More Motivation: Fun vs. Fear