Coincidentally, I've been reading a lot of Nietzsche lately, just to see what all the fuss is about
. He has a few good points here and there, but I mostly disagree with almost all that he says - a little research would have helped him tremendously. But he, being a German Romantic, was all about
the truth of his emotions -- if he felt it, it must be true. But yes, for him the Will to Power, taken from Sch
openhauer, was the way to overcome the malaise of modern existence. If God is dead, he argues, that's all that's left. Several post-modernists, notably Foucault, don't give a positive spin to power (Sch
openhauer didn't either), nor a negative spin either, but describe its usefulness in understanding the world we live in.
David Buss, a big proponent of evolutionary psychology, argues that men who have the ability to dominate have been evolutionarily selected over others who lacked that pr
opensity. Thus, it is an instinctive behavior in humans (as well as all social animals). Genghis Khan, who died in 1227, left his genes to 8% of the Asiatic population. But there's more to this story. We also have genetic instincts for altruism and cooperation, or we wouldn't have survived. We have developed cultural institutions that both increase our power and
mitigate it. Politically, power without control is tyranny (Kim Jong Un, ISIS, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc.). Our survival and thriving as a species depends on our ability to maintain that delicate balance.
In Thaw's Hammer, Green Club has almost absolute power in the post-Warming world. While its leaders are rather homely, New-Agey, and seem like they wouldn't hurt a fly (in fact, a fly is the last thing they would hurt!), there are few checks on their power. They get to choose world leaders and set the agenda for worldwide politics. Only the prospect of imminent annihilation is able to rouse a response against their wishes, and even then, the response is muted.
Allen - not an MD
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