The inability to fully control that which is external (material), linked with the perception that this is the only source of fulfillment creates fear. This fear drives the seeking of power to overcome such insecurity. Attempts are made to control the outside world, but it is never enough to satisfy a human heart and eventually even the most well thought out plans gets sabotaged by unforseen variables. Sometimes, the persuit of power becomes an addiction. A vicious cycle where more and more of a person's integrity is sacrificed for power, hunger is never truely satisfied, and great harm can be caused; as integrity determines the level of power a person can have before becoming corupted. Addiction to power in this context is an illness of our society. Ignorance is the cause and only knowledge can address it. Until this occurs, changes made will be like putting a new mask on an old adversary. Only when ready to look within and find true knowledge, can the stings that puppet towards such folly be cut.
Well said Peter Ball and never a truer word. Look at what always happens in countries with Communism for instance where in theory the opposite should be true. Sadly history has taught us that fickle old chestnut that power corrupts absolutely.
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