Every single person's contribution counts in regard to producing goodness. The dissemination of this idea can occur through education, self-development, setting examples, and increases in societal maturity. The 21st Century enlightenment will be significant and TOP is playing its part here. In the greater scheme of things, as long as we survive, maturation of humanity seems inevitable.
However, there are serious—almost intractable—threats:
These serious threats emerge from the THEE: located at . Power-centredness is a variant of , and one of the . That means it is intrinsic to being human., which is part of
All theare egocentric in that they focus on your benefit in your society. It is notable that , a variant of , shares the same quadrant as , which is a variant of .
The numerous applications provided in that posting reveal just how important power-centred principles are for everyone. Having said that, the is no different from any other (doctrine, paradigm, theory, ideology) insofar as it can:
• take over a person
• be socially divisive
• become over-valued and misapplied
• reject and devalue other mindsets
Unfortunately, the power corrupts i.e. even those who are not naturally power-centred have difficulty in managing egotistic urges when in a position of social power. How much more corrupt is power in the hands of those for whom corruption is as natural and digestible as mother's milk.differs from other in one crucial way: it advocates the use of any and all means to achieve its own ends. Having obtained dominance, there are further problems in that
Goodness is at risk for power-centred individuals unless specific attention is paid.
revenge, fear or hate. Because is needed to handle adversity, all the are equally relevant for individuals.does not preclude the use of . Even criminal gangs disintegrate without a sense of fairness and other values. However, a person (who is not committed to a criminal career) can judge it perfectly appropriate to apply like
Perhaps the most effective components of goodness, the , are likely to be rare or absent from the power-centred person's repertoire. Instead, the infliction of is regarded as a tool in social relations. This is part of enabling a bad e.g.
• taking advantage of another is natural,
• is always an extra, and
• lying makes impossible.
The higher Levels, and , which depend on good motivations, are not given attention.
Power-centred people affect both the largest and the smallest groups in societies: in organizations, in families, in the church, in politics, indeed anywhere and everywhere that people interact.
The wilful and egocentric exercise of power generates most of the avoidable pain and suffering in this world: naturally operating via leaders. So politicians and chief executives, rather than generals and popes, are the modern day culprits in wider society. In handling them, the first requirement is awareness.
Many still regard politicians as if they were like you and me, and are reluctant to perceive their sociopathic traits. For example, people ignore the broken promises, false accounting, open bribes, abuses of privilege, and self-serving lies. Social institutions need to be devised on the basis that power corrupts. Then incentives must recognize that those most likely to abuse the trust of power will be those who most desperately seek it.
In organizations, ambition is good. However, ambition that is nakedly unenlightened and ready to cheat, bully and manipulate, should be recognized for what it is. Given the chance, such people will end up raping the company, the employees, the shareholders and the community. They will only be stopped if others stop them. Don't count on the regulators: they are controlled by politicians ... see above.
This is where someone wants to dominate and control you purely for the sake of it. Often the person wishes to be viewed as dominant, and is ready to exploit that dominance. Sometimes there is a desire to be feared by you in order to suppress your self-assertion, weaken your self-esteem and ensure power over you is secure. So you may be subject to repeated humiliation, threats and infliction of pain or discomfort for no good reason. Risky sexuality usually gets mixed in as well.
The issue here is handling details of levels here. During interactions, a person quickly fills a good person with discomfort-L1 that is inherently impure: feelings of distrust, fear, resentment, dislike, disgust, envy and more (dependent on the situation). At the contact-L5 level, the experience may be charming or abrasive, but avoiding such people is possible. However, at the exchange-L4 level (e.g. work), avoidance is more difficult and it may be a daily drain on your energy. Bonding-L3 can be avoided, but not differences-L2 if you are in a relationship.: see
So the issue links directly to power-centred person. It is usually necessary to because that gives you ; then because that . This does not solve the problem posed by power-centred behaviour, and so a method of handling must be found. A countervailing forcefulness is typically required. It can be exhausting.via . However necessary (and they are), these do not touch a
Originally posted: 7-Jun-2013