Prosperity exists within a power-impregnated environment because:
wealth gives power
wealth uses power
wealth attracts power.
But we must not forget that:
power creates wealth
power uses wealth
power attracts wealth.
So coming to terms with
(if that is you) and the personal use of power by yourself and others (if you are not primarily ) is a critical aspect of emotional maturation and intrinsic to strength of character.
Power-Centred Tactics You May Encounter
Make superiors feel superior and comfortable
Make and use enemies
Keep friends dependent
Crush key opponents totally in body, mind and spirit
Mystify, obscure, confuse
Take credit for work done by others
Never appeal for sympathy or expect gratitude
Surrender to the stronger party
Exploit basic human wishes, fears and weaknesses
Focus on appearances
Stay whiter than white—assign blame
Destroy or marginalize independent thinkers
Argue to win, irrespective of the validity of your position.
Power-driven individuals have their own distinctive prescription for success: they never forget
Might is right! And they follow this sort of philosophy:
Life is a jungle
Get on top
Know the pecking order
Ignore guilt and remorse
Never lose face
Refuse rational discussion
Eat, drink and be merry
Think of individuals you know who obviously exemplify the category. In doing so, remember that it is the overall pattern that counts—not any particular interaction.
Manipulate and exploit others to get what you want.
Use force to get your ends—as much as required.
Do it to them before they do it to you.
In a world of «haves» and «have-nots», be a «have».
Look after yourself—go for it.
Always ask: "What’s in it for me?"
See all relationships as about dominating or being dominated.
Join the winning side or those with access to levers of power.
Know the pecking order and test your position regularly.
Recognise that pressures are tests of your strength.
Reject constraints and anything that gets in your way.
Treat guilt feelings and remorse as signs of weakness.
Refuse to accept blame.
Use the system for your own ends.
Defend reputation and status and never lose face.
React to challenges: fight turf wars, pursue vendettas.
Be grandiose: see yourself as a hero; engage in mortal combat.
Argue to win and persuade listeners.
Feel free to act on impulse.
Don’t worry about possible consequences—they may not come.
Seek excitement; enjoy gambling.
Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you die.
Indulge in immediate pleasures—sensuality and sexuality.
Is this vision of life amoral or even immoral?
Does it strike you as somewhat anti-social?
Is there a danger of aggressive interactions escalating?
Could it result in corruption and crime, in the wrong hands?
Would you say it is foolish and self-destructive?
Yet power is a social reality and it has its acolytes. Most successful rulers in the historical record were
, and so are politicians to this day. As indeed are many financiers.
Important! Recognize that there are many successful individuals who are sensible and adept enough to stay out of serious trouble.
Nevertheless, when power becomes the primary goal, there is always the danger of a vacuum where values should be: principles disappear, expedience rules and ends justify the means.
Some see benefit elsewhere: in an ordered life built on worthy and unshakeable values, which means
being Cause-centred. Look there.
Originally posted: July 2009
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