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Power Struggles

  • Nov 21, 2010
Power is seductive; power is also destructive.

Human beings crave for power, no matter what their conditions are. It's like it's an innate drive, one given a chance to sprout, will grow to a monstrous scale if not properly monitored and controlled. 

Corporations, countries, individuals all crave to be at the top of the hierarchy in life. That is to put it simply. It is a temptation to have power in one's hands. The history of mankind as well as different races have demonstrated this elusive nature of human's ability. Many a times, the more one craves for it, the more elusive it becomes. We have also seen it in the animal kingdom. It may well be our survival instinct depends on it (partly). 

There are many outward signs of power where humans try to compete with one another (simply to demonstrate how powerful they are).  We see buildings (i.e. the largest and the tallest) as soon as a country emerges to be one of the most powerful. We see transportations that are mightier and faster (war planes and bullet trains) simply because it gives those in power the satisfaction of having something to show to the world that it has arrived. Even if one is not in power, we know that most men crave for powerful car! So, yes, the concept of power is well in our genes. How much of it is enough varies between individuals but nonetheless, it exists even if we can't show for it (for now).

Is human crave for power excessive? What do you think?
Is it beneficial to mankind?
Is it a means to an end or is it merely an end?

The only answer I've with regard to power is this. Power is not everlasting until one gives it up.
It is not something to acquire but instead it is entrusted by others.
Real power lives beyond and at times given to the most unsuspecting person.
So, what's all this talk of power and why are men struggling for it?
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November 21, 2010
Very thought provoking read, Sharrie! You bring up some good points and questions about power and how it corrupts. I enjoyed the images you included too!
November 22, 2010
Thanks, Adrianna! It's amazing how much power struggles there are in this world, sometimes even within the family! My friend recently told me how cunning her 2 year old niece could be when it comes to power play. Boy, kids are amazingly bright these days! Sometimes too bright for their own good!
November 22, 2010
Yeah, I agree! It astounds me as well to see how power plays work in a micro-environment, such as one's family. I'm also surprised at how cunning children are becoming these days. Maybe it's to compete with all the power plays that occur starting from a rather young age.
November 22, 2010
Children learns intuitively and by observing adults and their environments! They do get the drift even earlier than we thought!
November 22, 2010
Indeed. So how the children develop reflects what is going on in the adult world around them.
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Power is a measure of an entity's ability to control their environment, including the behavior of other entities. The term authority is often used for power, perceived as legitimate by thesocial structure. Power can be seen as evil or unjust, but the exercise of power is accepted as endemic to humans as social beings. In the corporate environment, power is often expressed as upward or downward. With downward power, a company's superior influences subordinates. When a company exerts upward power, it is the subordinates who influence the decisions of the leader (Greiner & Schein, 1988). Often, the study of power in a society is referred to as politics.

The use of power need not involve coercion (force or the threat of force). At one extreme, it more closely resembles what everyday English-speakers call "influence", although some authors make a distinction between power and influence – the means by which power is used (Handy, C. 1993 Understanding Organisations).

Much of the recent sociological debate on power revolves around the issue of the enabling nature of power. A comprehensive account of power can be found in Steven Lukes Power: A Radical View where he discusses the three dimensions of power. Thus, power can be seen as various forms of constraint on human action, but also as that which makes action possible, although in a limited scope. Much of this debate is ...

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