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On Strength and Power
Monday, 2005 March 14 - 10:31 pm
Why wouldn't you want to be the good guy?

There is a fundamental difference between strength and power.

When you watch movies, the powerful guys are usually the bad guys. They always have vast armies of henchmen, staggering amounts of wealth, and tentacles of influence throughout the world. But they are always corrupt, as Lord Acton might have predicted.

The good guys are not powerful. They have no armies. They usually have to do things by themselves. They are strong, and they rely on their strength to succeed. We love them for their strength.

For some reason, we seem to have a different value system in the real world. We encourage people to achieve power. Did you get promoted to upper management? Good! Did you win the lottery? Good! Did you become President? Good!

So why? If we all know, via movies, that with power comes corruption and evil, then why do we aspire to it? Maybe it's like the dark side of The Force or something, just tempting us to take the easy path.

I believe we should teach our kids the value of strength. Are you unpopular in school? Did your girlfriend break up with you? Did you get a pimple on picture day? Good. You learned something, and you're stronger for it. You will look back someday, and your experience will help someone... as long as you persevere, and you don't let the bastards grind you down.

Hopefully we're never too old to learn that lesson.
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Comment #1 from Nicholas (Guest)
2005 Mar 15 - 9:13 am : #
That's why I'm a slacker.

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