Power... an addictive drug. It is something that drives humanity to survive, concur and evolve. Just like so many of the things that in our past gave us an evolutionary advantage, power has some undesirable carry over effects. The definition of power is (in the context to which I am referring to) the possession of control or command over others; authority; ascendancy. Power is one of the defining characteristics that enabled Homo sapiens to conquer the land building towns and cities. However, now we strive to have power over other things... our family members, work colleges, pets, the weak and infirmed. Power is often seen as taking power from someone and using it to dominate them... this seems to be the base understanding of what power is. Here are just a few recent examples of how the desire for power over others has been represented in our news headlines...
- Children being horribly abused while in juvenile detention - is this not a horrible display of men wanting to feel powerful at the expense of the children involved?
- An elderly man choked, restrained, hit and force fed by a 'care' worker in a nursing home - the 'care' worker in question no doubt felt powerful by abusing and intimating his victim.
- The horrendous amount of family violence cases, far too many of them resulting in the death of women in Australia (and beyond) - these men feel powerful by verbally, emotionally and physically abusing their partners.
- Police officers abusing their power by bullying, harassing or shooting unarmed citizens - men with guns feeling powerful by taking power away from others.
- Trump... what can I say - he seems to me to be drunk on power and will do and say just about anything to keep it.