On Power and Why Truth is not so Common in the United States

With truth comes power. With power comes responsibility. Responsibility is a choice. People who don’t want responsibility decide not to know the truth.

None of this is commonly known in the United States (an example which proves the point). Tragically, this is not commonly known by educators themselves, those irresponsible Americans who claim to want to help people become more knowledgeable, but really merely want to feel AS IF they are helping people become more knowledgeable.

The common argument against my position is that power corrupts. Therefore, so the argument goes, we should not be powerful, hence not have truth.

My counter-argument is another clear truth – that only with power can any GOOD be done, as well as any bad. The recent uprising in Egypt largely failed, resulting in military control of the country, not because of insufficient raw humanity on the side of the uprising but because those humans themselves lacked power – lacked the willingness to understand the world. Therefore they celebrated their meager accomplishment in Tahrir Square without winning the war. Therefore they are losing the war.

Power does not necessarily corrupt. The people of Egypt are not corrupt, although they showed that they have some power. What corrupts is not power itself but the line of actions one might take to gain and retain power. An example follows:

Two powerful men. One attains power through fear and domination, brutal murdering, ruthless manipulation. That is the method he employs and must continue to employ to sustain power.

Another attains power through capable assistance. That is the method he employs and must continue to employ to sustain power.

We have no problem granting power to things which are helpful. Consider how powerful cell phones are in today’s world, yet there is nothing corrupt about them.

Since Americans in addition to being irresponsible are irrationally cynical, their response is that humans are corrupt while cell phones, being non-human, are not. This is one of the foundations for the American support for technology.

The reason for this belief, in truth, is that capitalism makes money from selling things, and America remains the center of high technology, so largely in order to support capitalism Americans support technology.

Capitalism also provides an understanding of the nature of modern corruption. There is no such thing as a non-corrupt CEO due to what a CEO must be to attain and retain his position of power – a ruthless pursuer of maximum profit for his corporation.

4 Responses to “On Power and Why Truth is not so Common in the United States”

  1. Guido Jones Says:

    So uh, is that you back on QT3?

  2. briankoontz Says:

    Yes it is. Is it so common for people to be impersonated on Qt3 that the question need be asked? In my time there (2002-2006) there were no impersonations.

  3. Guido Jones Says:

    Well, Tom is gone now so it’s kind of open season. And you have been impersonated on IRC before at the very least.

    Welcome Back, I think.

  4. briankoontz Says:

    Everyone likes a philosopher until such time as they are barbed by his words – then everyone hates a philosopher.

    So by “Welcome Back, I think” you probably speak for just about everyone.

    The barbs come with the territory and are unavoidable if truth is to be maintained. I am perhaps more skilled at mixing painkillers with words than I used to be, but one must take care not to apply too many painkillers and numb the mind.

    Seen crudely, a doctor is nothing more than a butcher gone insane. It’s only after the operation, when one examines the greater health of the patient, that the doctor can truly be praised. Prior to that, the doctor might be described as an ambitious sociopath.

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