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Power v Goodness

The Power-Centred Mindset

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 power-centred mindset, which is part of THEE: located at PH'6QH4t2. Power-centredness is a variant of individualist ethical choice, and one of the 7 approaches to interacting for benefit. That means it is intrinsic to being human.

Goodness is Secondary

Goodness is at risk for power-centred individuals unless specific attention is paid.

Power-centredness does not preclude the use of ultimate values-R"G1. Even criminal gangs disintegrate without a sense of fairness and other values. However, a power-centred person (who is not committed to a criminal career) can judge it perfectly appropriate to apply negative ultimate values like revenge, fear or hate. Because strength is needed to handle adversity, all the mantras-R"G2 are equally relevant for power-centred individuals.

Perhaps the most effective components of goodness, the techniques of healing-R"G3, are likely to be rare or absent from the power-centred person's repertoire. Instead, the infliction of pain and suffering is regarded as a tool in social relations. This is part of enabling a bad character-R"G4 e.g.

• taking advantage of another is natural,
helpfulness is always an extra, and
• lying makes integrity impossible.

The higher Levels, equanimity-R"G5, vitality-R"G6 and great dreams-R"G7, 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.

Confronting the Will to Power

ClosedWhat Wilful Power Feels Like

The issue here is handling interpersonal interaction : see details of levels here. During interactions, a power-centred 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.

So the issue links directly to overcoming pain via self-purification, sacrificing, being generous, forgiving & being grateful. However necessary (and they are), these healing techniques do not touch a power-centred person. It is usually necessary to accept reality because that gives you strength; then maintain integrity because that builds character. 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.

Originally posted: 7-Jun-2013

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