Thirty Ninth Riddle

I crush the physically strong and the physically weak with equal ease. Only animals are ever under my power. I am an evil necessary for the fundamental cardinal virtue to shine forth. I can sicken my victim’s stomach and paralyze him or her. I make hearts race, prevent good deeds, but can also save life and preserve property. Caution is my better name or, perhaps, my better self. What am I?

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