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How much power is too much power?

Edward Abbey once said, "Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best." This five letter word 'power' entails the best of humanity and it's worst. Power can make wonders possible if put to use correctly, but power can also destruct the greatest of the great if abused. Power can be defined as 'the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events.' So how much power is too much?




We must first reflect internally before responding to this question. First and foremost, why do humans seek power? Well the answer is simple.  We do it because we crave control and the sense of dominance over others. The same reason kings and queens were treated so lavishly while shudras were not, and why some even within your own home have a voice in matters while others don't, and it is also the reason why "ego" flourishes so much even now. These things occur as a result of power.


So how can this authority become abusive? This may be shown using concrete instances from everyday life. When someone is in a position of power, they often feel as though certain fundamental laws do not apply to them. Instances can include a boss at work who constantly reminds an employee that failure to complete tasks on time could result in termination or replacement, a partner who denies the other person basic freedoms of choice, or a politician who uses unfair methods to accomplish things. These are all instances of power abuse.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” I completely agree with this stance.


Too much of anything is bad, and power is included. This abuse of power can cause the destruction of many, and while power can be bad, it is not fully destructive. there are good aspects to it if you choose to use it correctly, the power to articulate your thoughts into actions, the power to curiosity, the power you have over yourself.

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Written and Illustrated by Anvi Kedia

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