What causes people to act?
Many times in history, people and countries have acted in fear of another. The arms race is a great example of this. Neither the USA or the USSR wanted to be destroyed by the other so they were constantly making bigger and more powerful weapons like the atomic bomb. Their fear of each other resulted in a huge increase in atomic weaponry. The book "Bomb" portrays this perfectly by showing all the events and the fear that caused the USA to build the atomic bomb.
On the 9th of November, 1989, the Berlin Wall is opened after nearly three decades of keeping East and West Berliners apart. These people acted because they wanted a better life for themselves and the freedom of choice. They wanted the ability to cross to either side whenever they chose to. In short, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall was a great example of how wanting the freedom of choice causes people to act.
On Sep 3rd, 1939, only hours after the invasion of Poland, Britain and France declare war on Germany. This example shows that the willingness to protect allies causes people to act, along with a fear that Britain or France could be invaded next.
Many refugees fleeing war, famine, and economic instability choose to try at a more desirable way of living by traveling to other countries as shown in this article. These people acted to help better themselves and their family. This is a prime example of how people act because they want to better themselves and others.