Power, status, and corruption

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I came across this interesting article in Issue 136 of the Wellbeing magazine (more doctors appointments means catching up on magazines) and for someone who has always unquestioningly believed that power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely, it was thought provoking. The fear of corruption has made it incredibly challenging for me to grasp and exercise my own power in many contexts. My confused take on these ideas has meant that situations look like a choice between hammer and nail, I’ve chosen to be the nail. But many of the people I admire are those who have grasped power and used it to do good things in the world. I’m hoping to be one of them. Perhaps it will not be as destructive to my self as I have feared. Love and dignity and self-respect might change the equations.

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