Men love power. More than anything else they desire power. They run after it like hungry dogs and once in their grasps, try to hold on to it with an iron grip. It doesn’t matter if that power is something they wield over the life of one human being or a million; it will do just as long as they have it. They go about it by any means necessary. Beg, borrow or steal. Kill even if required. In face of her(power) great temptation all other things, living or non-living are insignificant. It drives men insane. It becomes their only objective. The only purpose.
Power is man’s greatest seductress. The mistress to his humanity. A mistress he loves cheating on humanity with. A mistress that soon becomes his goddess. subconsciously controlling and wiping out all signs and traces of humanity. His goals corrupted and his mind hypnotized.
Power ignites the corrupt potential in man to its highest level. For all his strengths, man weakens for power. History has provided us numerous examples of people losing their way because of this malice.
The Romans, the moguls etc. All great people of history have had leaders or rulers who gave in to the temptation. Who caved in to the desire.
Power is often tied up with another desire. For men’s need to be immortal. To remain alive always in history. To try and cheat death. Not literally but indirectly. Immortality is yet another malice. Yet another desire which easily corrupts and takes a non-human form. We all die. And we all will outlive the memory banks of this world. Sooner or later it happens. The story of men fades, history is forgotten. Rewritten. But men at times don’t understand that.
They just see that the power they hold will make them immortal. Unforgettable through history. They think they will become larger then reality and the universe itself. When in all truth, they will do nothing more then corrupt themselves and their own personal world.
“Men, who above all else desire power”……”The Ring passed to Isildur, who had this one chance to destroy evil forever, but the hearts of men are easily corrupted. And the ring of power has a will of its own. It betrayed Isildur, to his death.”
Two lines from “The Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring” movie & Galadriel’s (Cate Blanchett) opening dialogue , that I think perfectly fall in line with what I am trying to say here.