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Reader Opinion: Abuse of power

Power is a delicate thing. It can be used for many positive things and it can be devastatingly abused. The problem with power is that it tends to corrupt. The saying is: "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Somehow it is far too tempting to begin to feel almost God-like, leading to arrogance, self-indulgence and a sense of entitlement—almost above the rules of ordinary folks.

We see that play out with people with political power, or wealth and economic power, or celebrities, or any kind of public figure. This is not to imply that they are all bad, but the temptation to abuse their power is ever present, whether it is just to get preferred treatment or to ignore the ordinary rules.

We see some of this being exposed currently with many women coming forward who have suffered from sexual abuse over the years from those with power.

There are, of course, many others who have been abused and exploited in a variety of ways by those in power and the current focus on women is helpful to expose the general culture of power and abuse that exists in a society in which all the roles of power are dominated by economic elites.

It is an example of what occurs when democracy is lost and rule from the top down takes its place. People in power expect things to be as they want and are willing to manipulate and even force others to comply with their wishes to create a world according to their vision of what it should be.

The only way to break that culture of power is to move our society back to a democracy once again, returning to a humanized and sustainable society with all segments of the citizenry heard once again.

Bob Passi