We have all heard the phrase “The Power Corrupts” at one time or another, perhaps we have realized the reason for this phrase, be it from personal experiences, reading about history and philosophy, among other things… The fact is that as human beings we have been able to observe how power can “change” people, in this post I would like to share my thoughts on the subject.
First of all, it would be good to clarify what I mean by corrupting that it is not just the fact of becoming evil and abusing power. Human beings, unfortunately, can be corrupted in different ways even if they have little or no power, manipulating, being biased, lying or doing something wrong, in other words, but the fact is that there will always be corruption’, however small it may be and it is also true that we cannot always make it visible because we lack the power to do so, although it is relative, because you, like me, have the power to publish false information here on our Steemit blog, for example.
Now, when power is present and it is a power that allows you to pass over other people, it is normal to see how people change their way of acting. This happens a lot with the politicians, we can see it in North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela, we can see it in the history books with Empires, Kings and the Soviet Union. From the beginning of humanity this kind of power has been a generator of pride, arrogance and immorality thanks to “Human Nature”, and that is that when we feel untouchable in our “Throne of Semi-God” and realize that our word is law, corrupting us would be “almost” inevitable, it would be a matter of time, it would be a matter of getting used to it.
This is one of the reasons why Communism does not work, for example. The need for powerful leaders to force something to be done for the “good of all”, the need for a large and strong government to control, and the fact that it is a system that in the long run could not be sustained by human nature and that it can be corrupted in many ways. Iosif Stalin once said “Death solves all the problems. No man, no problem”, being a fantastic example of the point. Having the ability to kill millions of people or make absolute disasters in nations and not feeling guilty are things that only happen to people who had the power to do so, Franco in Spain, Hitler in Germany, Mao in China and the list goes on and on.
Power is bad then?
If I own my company, for example, is power bad in this case, no, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone to have the ability to control my things and have influence is not bad, now, will it corrupt me? it is probable, it is probable that with time I will change my way of acting, that I will get used to that power and therefore do things that I would not do if I didn’t have that power, but they don’t necessarily have to be bad things, a corporation owner doesn’t need to hurt another person. “Absolute Power, Corrupts Absolutely”, bearing this in mind we must analyze why power corrupts and how it does it. Power corrupts, as I said before, by our human nature and our most primitive desires, our species has always desired and sought to be above all others. How it corrupts can be due to the amount of power you have and how long you have that power.
Let’s take the Founding Fathers of the United States as an example, they were leaders and had power, but they were not evil, they used that power to carry out actions in favor of the welfare of the United States, they were a fundamental reason that the United States is what it is today, therefore the simple fact of having power is not always a trigger for corruption, on the other hand, we can see people like Hitler, who had a lot of power, but of course… Hitler himself was already evil, we can also realize that people who hold power for a long time get used to it and become corrupted. Therefore we can say that Power corrupts, the way in which it corrupts depends on the person and his values, on the amount of power and time.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of having power?
* On the positive side, power makes leaders more assertive and confident and certain of their decisions. This enables them to move forward on chosen courses of action. Leaders must use power to “get the job done.”
* On the negative side, the more people possess power, the more they focus on their own egocentric desires and the less able they are to see others’ perspectives.
There are people who have power and don’t do stupid things, read also as something bad. It remains for us to analyze whether they really don’t have the power to do it or why they really don’t have a real need to do it because they are good people or because it’s not the kind of power that allows you to get past other people and there is the law, of course. So, politicians are the illustration of what happens when a person has too much power, he gets used to command and people obey, the politician gets used to his role as Semi-God and that his word is Law, therefore anyone who contravenes his ideals and desires deserves punishment, This is why it is so dangerous to give power to a person or a group of people, especially when we are talking about a group, because it is “easier” to become corrupted, not just to become corrupted, it is easier to agree to do anything while in a group.
To eliminate this problem the ideal would be not to give power to politicians, without power and without gigantic governments that have the “mission” to control even your personal life, there would be no place for actors like the impresentables we mentioned during the post. Anarchy could be seen as a solution to the amount of power that politicians possess. If we parodied Stalin’s quote, we could say: “Anarchy solves all problems. No Politicians, No problems”, Thank you for reading, I’ll Catch you on the next Post, Peace.
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