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Have you ever thought about what it means to chase power? For me the lead-in to this came from video games, where the ability to defeat monsters in battle is a symbol for power. It is part of what makes those games attractive, this idea of progressing along a path and becoming more powerful. Of course these are all a certain kind of dream, the actual power you acquire is limited to a virtual arena.
In real life too guns stand for a particular fantasy which is about power over others’ lives and choices. Which is limited by the consequences that the law imposes. For other people power comes from political office, but this too is usually limited by compromises and working with the desires of others.
But I think deep inside we will encounter the desire for power in some form whatever we do. Many dreams of power are illusions, and many other forms are limited, and power seems to have an unhealthy relationship with desire, usually leading to lying and insincerity and broken promises.
It seems like a Buddhist or even just a spiritual path goes more into letting things go, into virtue which seems to move away from power. But I feel that without a deeper insight into the desire for power, my exploration of Buddhism cannot be complete.
I’d very much like to hear your thoughts on this, dear e-sangha members!