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Power Corrupts

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Sir John Dalberg-Acton

I am still disappointed with the government officials who vacationed for pleasure while telling the rest of us to isolate at home.

The quote  “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” is applicable to these people.

If we take the quote literally, then anytime a person uses their power it corrupts.  I am going to take a slightly different definition of power for this post.  Power or authority power is where you can decide on a course of action for someone else where they don’t have a say in it. When you exercise your authoritative power over an individual or group, this is when the corruption can start.  For government officials, this corruption shows up as entitlement, or selfishness, or ignoring one’s leadership responsibility.

When you are in a position of authority, you should exercise your authority as a last resort, probably only when lives are in danger.  Any other time you should be collaborating and coming up with solutions that both sides buy into.  Keep that idea in the back of your mind that whenever you exercise your authoritative power, anytime you put yourself above someone else, you give the opportunity for that corruption to come in.

That is the only way I can conceive of the government officials making such poor decisions.  Hopefully, the repercussions from their bad decisions will allow them to be introspective and find a way of getting rid of that corruption.


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