Friday, July 15, 2011

Is Not Power that Corrupts but Fear of Losing Power

How often have we heard the phrase "Power tends to corrupt & absolute power corrupts absolutely"? Do we believe it as if it's the truth without pondering over it since it is repeated so many times?

More appropriate description that enlighten me is by a myanmese democracy activist:

"Is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it"-Aung San Suu Kyi
Similarly the lack of money is not the root of all evil as we commonly heard. Is lack of money. Likewise power in itself is neutral. Is how it is used whether is for greater good or sinister motives.

Is amazing how her definition rhymes with big corporations behavior. Big corporations once big are mostly fear based organizations that fear change & hence resist reforms in normal times until forced to by outside circumstances.

Current ruling party(big corporations as well) of S'pore is no exception in its behavior. Mainly populated with "yes man/women" in its ranks & view every change as a threat to its survival instead of opportunity. Many of its policies in the last decade tilt towards self-preservation of the party(fear) than for the greater good of S'poreans.

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