What is Real Power?

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“Power isn’t having the world at your fingertips; it is having the world at your fingertips and being able to give it up!” – Tarek Saab, Gut Check

It’s a big misconception that, just because we can do whatever we want, we are therefore “free” or “empowered.” We are far more often simply enslaved to our wants. It is not nearly as common to struggle with doing what we want as it is to struggle with doing what we should. And that is very clearly because it is often much harder to do what we should than to do what we want.

Doing what we should – that is, doing what is right – takes real power. Doing what we want simply requires opportunity. Doing what we should builds virtue. Doing what we want builds vice. And of course, having opportunity to do whatever you want and then still doing what you should is real virtue, real freedom – and real power.

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Joyce June 16, 2009 at 6:32 am

Well said!

Fraser June 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm

But what if we want to build virtue? Should we not give into our wants then?

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