Sunday, October 13, 2013
Does power corrupt? If not, why not? If so, how?
It seems or has been seen that power corrupts because several individuals and leaders who are in positions of power or authority seem to change after they achieve power. However, I have a different way of thinking about power and if it corrupts or who it corrupts. Yes power does corrupt some individuals but power does not corrupt all individuals. All individuals are not the same, therefore power will not corrupt every individual. Every individual posses traits and behaviors that are different than the next individual. Since every individual is different, power affects every individual differently. Power reveals the worse or amplifies the behaviors of some individuals, which were already there the entire time. Said behaviors did not manifest because that individual was not in a position of power or authority. Power enables averse behaviors that were hidden to surface and be displayed. Many individuals assume that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, therefore they avoid power. Their avoidance of power is just an overreaction to their thinking that they will abuse power. However, shying away from power or leadership roles is problem. Therefore, a fear of corruption is a problem such as the abuse of power. Power does not always corrupt.