from SpeakingTree Website
I dare to disagree with him, because my
understanding is that power certainly corrupts, but it corrupts only
a person who is potentially corruptible. He may not have been known
as a corrupt person simply because he had no opportunity; he had no
So it is not the power that is corrupting the man; in fact, the power is simply revealing the man to you… If you look in a mirror and you see an ugly face, are you going to say that the mirror is ugly? The poor mirror simply reflects. If you have an ugly face what can the mirror do about it?
If you are potentially ready to be
corrupted, power gives you the chance. And if you have an absolute
potential - like an Adolf Hitler, a Joseph Stalin, a Mussolini -
then what can power do about it? Power is simply available to you.
You can do much with it.
But if you are not potentially corruptible, then it is impossible for power to corrupt you. You will use the power, and it will not be for corruption, it will be for creation. It will not be destructive; it will be a blessing to people.
And if you have the potential of being a
blessing to people, then absolute power will be an absolute blessing
in the world.
Only the potentially corruptible person moves towards power. The potentially good person has no desire for power.
The will-to-power is the need of a corrupt being, because he
knows that without power he will not be able to do what he wants to
It is one of the blessings of the Second
World War that all Adolf Hitler’s great buildings were destroyed;
otherwise he would have left those ugly structures behind. But his
designs have been found, and they are enough proof that this man
simply had no ability to conceive buildings.
Power brings into actuality what is
hidden in you.
There is no need for good to have power. Good has its own intrinsic power. Evil needs some outside power to support it. The man who has a heart throbbing with goodness, with blessings, feels no need to be the president or the prime minister. He has no time to waste in the ugly game of power- politics. He has enough energy.
That good brings with itself.
He will create music, he will compose poetry, he will sculpt beauty in marble; he will do something for which power is not needed. All that is needed is already provided for him. That’s the beauty of good, that it is intrinsically powerful…
You can be certain that anything that needs power from
outside is not good. It is something intrinsically impotent; it will
live on borrowed life.