We all know the power hungry villains in stories, history or in some countries' governing positions (heloooooo The United States Of America). They are always depicted as Machiavellian and cruel, as narcissistic and without empathy, as sadistic at times and greedy often. These figures start off as children - mostly innocent to the dark side of their egos - but whether it was success in society, having a troubled past, or any other psychological reasons: They grow to feed off of power and their ego skyrockets into being - in lack of better words - the ASSHOLES that they are.
Of course, I have met several power hungry folks in my life. Working in the entertainment industry is a pretty sure bet you'd run into these types. But almost every industry that involves hierarchy or prestige often brings along the temptation to 'power trip'. Like that manager of a restaurant that once was a waiter like everyone else, but when he got promoted he could no longer sit for lunch with his employees. After all - the one in power must stay on the throne, not with the peasants. Or the CEO who reached her top level by stepping down on any competitor, believing she had to shut her heart and be tough to get ahead. Until one day she could no longer find that heart at all. Or the ambitious director who believed they must tear down the actor's process and any sense of self, in order to build them anew. Megalomaniac much? YES, indeed.
But here I am - conveniently placing the 'blame' of power trippers on 'others'.
Don't we all have the little power within us that could tempt us to see ourselves as superior to others?
What self worth and love to others must we have, in order to challenge that power hungry ego that tickles us at times. How centered and strong-willed must we be in order to quiet that temptation, to remember that it is all invented, and to NOT let our ego run our inner show.
Ironically, staying NOT power hungry - is a truly empowering act.
It requires the sensitivity to see ourselves as 'part of', and the strength to stand firm when our little egomaniacal voices erupt within us.
THAT is the real work of kings and queens.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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