About The Power Lens

 

Human beings have three attributes in common. Since prehistoric time, we have been involved in a continuous struggle for power over what there is to get, for more material goods and services, for the domination of our values over those of others, for respect and for control over nonhuman beings and nature. We struggle for power within the self as well on individual and group levels. Our struggle explains human behavior in and outside of government. This paradigm shows how abundant and diverse our power sources are, how to find and develop them and how to use them to become everything we are meant to be. In the broadest sense of the word, we are all politicians. People who play politics frequently and best get more of what there is to get, working for pure good or evil or more likely something between these extremes. Even if we avoid other humans entirely, we are in competition with ourselves, nonhuman beings and our natural environment. Death is the only way to escape from the struggle for power.

Social interaction is as common and innately human as our struggle for power. The desire for acceptance and respect if not love is often more important than our conflict over material goods and values.  It we can't find humans, then we interact with pets for our social fix, primarily dogs and cats. Needs and their less extreme form desires are central to many relationships—within the self and with individuals, groups, institutions, inanimate objects and nature.

Our shared humanity says that whatever our differences, we are all human beings and should treat one another with dignity and respect. Uncivil relationships degrade and demean everyone. In the name of an ideology, religion, race, nationality, economics or something else, perpetrators justify their evil by denying the humanity of others. Knowing how much we are alike, how much we have always been alike is a basis for human rights. In a civil society, we respect or at least tolerate different lifestyles and worldviews—unless they do egregious harm.