Exactly how much power is too much?

India
October 7, 2010 1:18am CST
Hello, The inclination of human mind will always be towards dominance and supremacy. The more power we get the more we want. Then there comes a certain time when we start misusing our power. Probably it was said quite rightly that every power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. There should be some check and balance in our system. An absolute power given to anyone can make him a tyrant someday. Instead, we need the power distributed evenly among all the components of the society and should keep vigil so that no power increases to extremity. It seems too much power concentrated in someone's hand always leads to untoward consequences. What is your opinion on this? Exactly how much power is too much?
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• United States
7 Oct 10
I suppose when one is younger one thrives on power and the riches that go along with it. Then there is greed, sometimes people just do not know when to stop. Me I have reached a certain place in my life where although it would be lovely to obtain all my past powers, riches and comfort I basically am searching for a bit of security and enjoy life as well in the process.
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@vandana7 (66119)
• India
7 Oct 10
Sweetie you will get that back those things, I am certain - but before that you have to learn how to identify genuine people, and learn how to say no. :)
• United States
7 Oct 10
You are right this has always been my weakest flaw. I suppose wanting to thrive on acceptance made me just ever so vulnerable to people.
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@advokatku (4037)
• Indonesia
7 Oct 10
the strength of physical human, there are limit its ... but the strength of thought human, there is no limit because the imagination of human always evolved far beyond her physical power
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@vandana7 (66119)
• India
7 Oct 10
I agree with this.
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
7 Oct 10
I think once a person's power infringes on another person's safety or personal freedom, it becomes too much. Unless the individual encroached by another's power is causing harm his or herself, like with the justice system and criminals, then being held back or told what to do or controlled in any way suggests there's simply too much power involved. Although I don't subscribe to a lot of the beliefs in the realm of "equality" among every person, in the sense that society needs to ensure every person has things, I do believe everyone should have individual freedom as long as they're not infringing on anyone else or on society. So, in my estimation, a lot of governments in the world have too much power - and that goes for politicians and lobbyists and social advocates attached at the hip with them. As for power being "distributed," I don't know. That "distribution" thing sounds like a setup to me. When something has to be distributed evenly, it never turns out that way. 1: it always seems to take a large, controlling, powerful governing body to do the distribution. 2: there always seems to be preferential treatment and, of course, human nature runs its course and we're stuck with a worse society (in my opion) where the powerful become more powerful and the powerless trade freedoms for a sense of evenhandedness. I don't think "distribute" is the right word. Power, in the sense that a person has control over his or her life, isn't something that should have to be allocated. It should always be there. It's just something that shouldn't be removed by another.
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@vandana7 (66119)
• India
7 Oct 10
Kiddo I have no desire for power. :( I just want to be free to enjoy myself, be at peace with myself. The only place where I exert power is - on my servant and on my papa. I tell my maid what to do - primarily because I dont want to do it. :) And I take advantage of dad's lapses to tell him to do what I want so that I can achieve that state where I dont have to fear anything.
• United States
7 Oct 10
And I agree with verdana's comment also.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
10 Oct 10
I don't think that it is the power itself that is something that is dangerous for a person to have. Instead, I tend to think that it is the desire to have power is that which makes people dangerous. Therefore, I don't think that a person can have too much power if they are able to achieve the power that they have in the right ways. However, I think that any power that a person gains is too much power if they are getting this power by hurting other people.
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
10 Oct 10
It would be difficult to quantify "exactly" how much power is too much, but you can cut it with a knife when you see an arrogant, prideful, and/or abusive person. You can also define "too much" power by watching those who abuse power invested in them and by their usurpation of the rights of others, wrongdoing, and trying to subjugate others to their power. It's called tyranny. We have yet to realize the notion of "equal distribution" of anything, much less power. I don't know if "equal" in that context even works. The power-mongering of our corrupt "administration" and Congress is an example of "too much power" in the hands of those inept and uncaring politicians who abuse our citizenry in order to grab even more power and line their pockets. Look also to the "fruit" of the ones in power; is it for good or evil; is it self-or other-directed; is it helpful or harmful? "Absolute power corrupts absolutely." It is for this reason that God, who is all-powerful, originally made no provision for kings in government by His design and for our own good. But, foolish people demanded them and so we become "ruled" by flawed and inept "man" to whom "power" eventually becomes like a "narcotic", which, once they have had it, must always have it (some more than others, of course). If you study history, you will see that in almost all civilizations those in power eventually come to view themselves as "gods". If there were a test for who should receive much power it would be the through the examination of one's character, but, then many people of excellent character do not crave power the way some of little character do. God, who is and has all power has given us the power of free will and liberty. That's so much more than tyrannical man, who usurps power for himself and denies it to others. Ironic, isn't it?
• United States
9 Oct 10
When the power one has goes to his head, it's too much.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
9 Oct 10
as Spiderman said, "with great power comes great responsibility". but the human species tend to abuse what it gives. a grain of it can easily corrupt a good soul.
@djbtol (5498)
• United States
7 Oct 10
It is not unusual to see corruption follow power. I say the limit to power should come when a person is more interested in using their power for their own gain, even at the expense of others, as opposed to using their power to help others. If a person is through some means granted power, that power comes with a responsibility for how it is used. When a person abuses the power that was given them, then it shoudld be taken from their hands. Many people that end up with power, did not actually earn it. They especially should be mindful of their duty to others.
@34momma (13896)
• United States
7 Oct 10
Those people who miss use their power are those people who should not ever had any!! If you are a good person you are always going to be a good person. rather you have power or money. If you're an a$$hole then you will always be an a$$hole no matter what!!!!!
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
7 Oct 10
One of the things that the founding fathers put in the Constitution was separation of powers in a legislative branch, executive branch and a judicial branch. They also put in that states have more power than the Federal Government. One interpretation is that the states were to be free to experiment with different laws and if the people did not like it they could vote the people out of office or move. As the Federal Government became more powerful they wanted things to be more the same across state lines and wanted the federal government to make policy that would apply to all states. Maybe we need to get back more states rights and less federal government.
@megamatt (14329)
• United States
7 Oct 10
When basic human rights are compromised by those who power, then I think that is where you draw the line. There should be only enough limit to police the people to make sure they do not cause anarchy, but not too much power, so they can be ruled. This is a fine line that I think that governments will always tip toe over and at times, some people will try to edge over to the wrong side. A little power can unfortunately go a long way in corrupting someone. A small taste, a tiny taste, and a well adjusted person, can turn into a tyrant who feels that they do not have enough power to get what they want to done accomplished. I think that power should be handled carefully and checks should be placed to smack people down when they try to overstep their bounds. However, it is a very tricky thing to determine what is absolute.