December 15, 2006

What is Power?

Let us see what type of a guy/gal you are...

Plot background: Somebody did something terrible to you. That incident pains you a lot. You have every right to avenge.

Now... imagine you are a poor fellow incapable to avenge. You know you can do nothing. HENCE you decide not to avenge.
Conclusion on what kinda guy/gal you are?: You are a coward. But you have common sense. Perhaps, a tinge of laziness lingers around you.

Let us consider another scenario. Say, you are capable to avenge. But you choose not to, because you think that will drain your valuable time and resources. This, as per you, is not worth the effort to avenge.
Conclusion: You are smart and cool. Common sense and brain controls your nerves.

Another scenario: Imagine that you are capable to avenge and have the resources and time to do so. But you choose not to. And that Mr. Somebody, who hurt you, is made aware of that fact.
Conclusion: You are a powerful fellow bestowed with wisdom.

The dialogue below, from Schindler's list, will corroborate what I have stated above...
Goeth: You are never drunk. That is real control. Control is power.
Schindler: Is that why they fear us?
Goeth: They fear us because, if the fucking they don't, we have the power to kill them.
Schindler: They don’t fear us because we have the power to kill, they fear us because we have the power to kill "arbitrarily". A man commits a crime, he should know better. We have him killed, we feel pretty good about it. Or we kill him ourselves and we feel even better. That’s not power, though, that’s justice. That’s different than power. Power is when we have every justification to kill – and we don’t. That’s power.
Goeth: You think that's power?!
Schindler: That’s what the emperors had. A man stole something, he’s brought in before the emperor, he throws himself down on the floor, he begs for mercy, he knows he’s going to die … and the emperor pardons him. This worthless man. He lets him go. That’s power. That’s power.
Goeth: I think you are drunk!
Was Schindler really drunk? Think...

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