The “Will to Power” in Politics

The words politics in the original Greek language meant “affairs of the city.”  As the Greek city-state arose, the Greeks realized that communal living required some organization so that separate and distinct persons could live together in peace…more or less!.  This original intent was noble but history reveals how that “tending the affairs of the city” became increasingly complicated as individuals, and groups of individuals would arise who wanted to have more say-so in these “affairs” than was necessary.  Often this “will-to-power” would become so intense that conflict would arise even leading to armed conflict.

This “will-to-power” is an essential dimension of the human heart.  If this will can be managed so as to respect other wills present at the time, peace and harmony can prevail.  But so often there will be an individual whose wants are inordinate and he will ally with like-minded souls to accomplish a wholly private agenda which always boils down to achieving and maintaining power.  This type of person/s never has awareness of what he is doing, always insisting publicly and even privately that he has the best interest of the community in mind.  Often he will even boldly assert, even with sincerity, that “God is leading me.”  And when god, or the gods, are put on the table then the problem has the potential for ugliness as, “How can anyone question the leadership of God?”

I have a friend who has a bumper sticker on her car that always speaks to me:  Awareness is all.  Often we are blessed with political leadership who have Awareness and realize that their motives are never perfect and this dialogue with people holding different points of view is necessary. But those who have sold their soul to the quest for unmitigated power always lack this Divine gift and will attempt to mount power even to the detriment of selves and of the collective they seek to lead.  We have a glaring demonstration of this phenomenon now in our Congress with the effort to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.  Conservative Republicans have been so opposed to Barack Obama that their very identity is now on the line with this repeal and they are willing to push the matter to ultimate extremes, lacking awareness of the puerile motives that are driving them.  Power plays of this sort are usually very personal, designed to grind an axe with someone or some group that they resent even to the point of hatred.  And in this case it is quite apparent that it is Barack Obama himself that they are still warring against.  This is simple projection, focusing on someone else or some other country to deny deep-seated turmoil that is eating away in their heart.

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About literarylew

I am a retired mental health counselor in El Prado, NM near Taos.I have a lovely wife, Claire, and our only children are two lovely dachshunds, Elsa and Ludwig. I have a BA in history/psychology (double major) from Henderson State University and a M. Ed. in counseling from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. I have a passion for literature, religion, philosophy....and, in general, the liberal arts.
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