We live in a world where power struggles are more common than social empowerment.
Some describe the corporate world (and by extension many aspects of society) as psychopathic, because of what a person is required to do to gain power, favor and advancement. Ruthless contest requires a person to be ruthless. And with a prize at stake that is so highly valued by so many people, why wouldn’t the competition be fierce?
I think Darwin might cry a little if he could see where competition has taken us. Ronald Fisher, on the other hand, would probably shrug and point out all the long, frivolous tails.
Psychopaths, though, fuck. That’s pretty shocking, right? Well, it might have been, but it isn’t anymore. We seem to have digested this theory, accepted its relevance, and moved on to doing the same thing we we doing before.
I imagine power is seductive. And I think it corrupts. Does it corrupt in the pursuit of it or in the achievement of it? I think the whole damned thing is corrupt.
Power over is not healthy. And no matter what any person leads you to believe, there was a point in every child/teen/young adult’s life where (s)he felt powerless because someone with more authority exercised power over him/her. That might be a big thing. That knowledge might be a very big thing.
There are as many people who have no idea that some in position of authority use their status to fulfill their personal agenda as there are people who choose to consciously use their authority to get what they want, what they feel they deserve.
Are there as many people who choose to forgo the scarcity route and seek power from within? I honestly don’t know. I can tell you this, though: the number of those who seek power from within are difficult to calculate because they are quiet, unless they choose to publicly stand up and help to empower members of society who feel powerless.