The Modern Survival Guide #73

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A Good Definition of Power

A traditional definition of power would be something like, “the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events,” or words to that effect. I think that’s cumbersome, and I think we can refine it a bit.

The Corruption of Power

It has been said that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I have seen more than enough evidence in my life to state that this is entirely correct. But why? Why does it seem like power is such a toxic influence on people?

Realities of Power

The reality, of course, is that we’re all bound by constraints… it’s just that the powerful have fewer, and sometimes forget about them until they are forcibly reminded. The history of the world can be summed up, in some ways, as one long episode of powerful people overstepping their bounds and getting smacked back by the hoi polloi (usually after a long period of repression and wealth extraction, but whatever).

Searching for truth in a world focused on belief.

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