As shallow as it sounds, I’d rather be well liked than feared. In my experience, when people are afraid of you, they’ll take action against you. But if people like you, they’ll take action for you. They’ll protect you, care about you, and over all willingly do good things for you. I’ve noticed when people are popular enough, they actually seem to get away with tons of shit.
The left path has taught me that people are motivated by self interest. Even if most people are afraid of you, the one who isn’t can rally others against you. So, if you want to get people to do anything, they need to agree with you.
I come from the perspective of someone used to being called weird while seeing the well liked people.