In Germany, the submariner is iconic and even talismanic due to the observation that a submariner is without fear... A submariner who displays no fear is a center of the crew's focus... The fearless submariner doesn't have to be the commander of the boat and yet is intrumental in the boat's function... In France, the existentialist philosopher is a dirty smelly old man who is without fear... So who is without fear in America? It isn't Barak Obama, is it? The notion that Barak Obama santions empathy for himself by betraying his fear to the public doesn't diminish his status in the minds of the people who vote for him. Is fear a non-sequitor in the English language? Hawking is a man without fear... He is not smart to my way of thinking and the notion that I should emulate his fearlessness conveys what to me? Russia may say that the flatter complex is beyond comprehension, but in reality, flattery is a means to test for fearlessness.