a reply to: gosseyn
whether this is innate behavior, genetic, or if it is learned behavior, or a mix of both and in what proportion.
It's not. It's not really 'behaviour' - this is basically projection-based semi-observation blanketed to encompass a vast number of people, many of
which might not be like this at all.
I have known people in positions of power that are not like the OP describes. Basically this topic is building a strawman and then shaming people for
Of course power corrupts, but not necessarily and always. If you have a strong character, power can't corrupt you. Was Jesus the Christ corrupted by
power? He could heal the sick, he could walk on water, he could command nature and elements and they would obey. Yet, he spoke as the most humble
entity in existence.
People in other worlds don't tend to let power go to their heads - they can hold positions of power steadily and with humility, and respect other
If you respect other human beings for the right reasons, no amount of power will be able to make you stop respecting them. If you only respect
'higher-ups', then of course you easily disrespect someone you have some kind of artificial, temporary and limited power over in some specific ways.
I am saying it this way to illustrate that even the 'power' in this world is often both questionable and illusory, as it pertains mostly to 'persons',
not 'human beings' (as nothing is above 'human being' except the Creator of the Universe).
The government can only have power over someone if they are either a person (citizen, 'artificial person', legal fiction - because they performed a
joinder), or if they have broken the law (in which case their human rights won't protect them, because they offended someone else's rights).
To use this world's example of humble people that do not let things go to their head; have you ever seen Shao-Lin monks? They're arguably the most
physically powerful group on the planet, and yet they're very humble people - you give them a bowl of rice and water, and they won't complain, but
instead, are grateful and eat it happily.
Can you imagine a female pop star doing the same?
There was one washed-out post-wall has-been, that acted like a Diva that can command Cleopatra - some lipstick on a glass or the wrong-colored
bedsheet in a hotel, and she raised hell. Someone asked about her music.. (I should say "music"), she flew off the handle, started screaming insults
and shouting and raged herself off the studio. Why was the question about her music insulting? Because it supposedly implied that the individual doing
the interview hadn't LISTENED to her music, because he had the gall to ask QUESTIONS about it (I guess she didn't think that there might be people in
the audience, who might not have heard her new "music" and thus might be interested to know the answers - whose benefit for the interviewer was asking
these questions, regardless of if he had listened to the CD or not)..
Yes, sometimes very little is required for people to become completely egotistical maniacs, but you shouldn't make blanket statements like that.
It's not genetic, it's not innate, it's not behaviour - it's just that some people are small in spirit, they have young souls, and warped minds, and
this crazy world isn't helping balance things at all, but it's like throwing fuel to fire. So of course you're gonna see this particular form of
madness in this world - but go to any normal, good world, and you won't find it, no matter how hard you search.