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The real wonders of life lie in the depths. Exploring the
depths for truths is the real wonder which the child and
the artist know: magic and power lie in truth.
- Anais Nin

Philosophy of Power
Updated: 01/07/2021

We all have certain levels of power: muscle power to move and operate in our physical reality, the power of our senses to address and appreciate material aspects, mind power, psychological power, etc. But none of us has as much power as we would like, yet to seek it openly is to admit and draw attention to the deficiency in the face of the human condition. And so we want more, but want it surreptitiously and sometimes seek to fulfill this natural desire in destructive and unworthy ways. Most of deviant human behavior can be understood in these terms.

The question has often been rhetorically asked, primarily in a cavalier justification for its use: What good is power if you can't use it? It feels good to have it; it feels good to use it. These observations are not at issue. What is at issue is the ethics of how and when using power is justified, when its use is constructive, affective, life enhancing and affirming versus perverse and destructive.

Ego and Power

Much if not most of the time, our lust for power, especially its misuse, is rooted in ego deficiency. We tend to define and value ourselves in terms of the power that we have. Is power really the best building block for self-worth and self identity? I think not! While still desiring to be empowered, can we find a better basis for self valuation?

More precious than gold;
More sought after than love;
More addictive than any drug.

Freedom and Power

The question can also be asked: Is there any freedom or meaning to freedom without power? Unimaginable! Which implies that full and total freedom must be accompanied by full empowerment.

For an additional perspective on power see: Empowerment

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