Mandy Kloppers

The Myth of Power and Wealth

It is often said that power corrupts. This is true in some cases and it is because of this reason that some people refuse to seek power. Some people believe that if they were powerful it would force them to be cruel and greedy. It would seem that there are many individuals in power today that abuse their privileged positions. If we abstain from pursuing positions of power due to the negative connotations, are we leaving a vacuum for the ruthless among us to fill these positions?

If we feel we have a strong moral cause perhaps it is time we pursue this as hard as the unprincipled individuals do?

Many seem to have distorted views about people that are wealthy or have power. They tend to attribute God-like qualities to those who have possessed power or money. This is a gross overestimation. Consider why some people seek power in the first place. It is often because they feel inadequate and wish to mask these inadequacies by seeking greatness, as reflected by money, power and status.

There is a belief that if they can achieve success, they can strike down the inner doubts about their own worth. People who stand out due to their success often have different ways of looking at the world. This is a double-edged sword as their divergent thinking can mean that they have the capability to make the world a better place or use their talents to only promote their selfish wishes.

It is easy to assume that people with money have happier lives. While it is a common conception that money brings freedom, it cannot guarantee a satisfying life. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the finer things in life, the problems begin when it becomes a person’s primary motivating factor.

This is when people begin to veer off their natural paths and often forget about their true selves. Ultimately, the things that provide contentment in life relate to life experiences and our connections with other people-a sense of belonging and being understood and cared for.

Mandy X