What is power for?

A marker to clearly to distinguish oneself

From the weak?

A sword we wield to get our own way?

Or perhaps a tool we leverage

To create a personal paradise?

We spend our days in power struggles

Constantly wrestling for an upper hand,

Vying for votes,

Building walls and burning bridges –

But to what end?

Power for powers sake

Is overrated.

Power is a potent drug.

Those of us who seek it out

Would do well to use it to cure some evil,

To turn good intentions into tangible realities

To be of service where service is needed,

Lest the drug merely leaves us intoxicated.

Surely power is wasted on the powerful

If they only expend it on themselves.

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