Thursday, July 14, 2005

Do we teach power and domination?

Hitler and Mussolini were only the primary spokesmen for the attitude of domination and craving for power that are in the heart of almost everyone. Until the source is cleared, there will always be confusion and hate, wars and class antagonisms.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti

I don't believe that "domination and a craving for power are in the heart of almost everyone." This statement overlooks a vast number of people who, at heart, fear those who have a desire for domination and power.
Krishnamurti is correct that people will not work together and live together in harmony while power is taught to children as being desirable. It is equally correct that we will not live together in harmony so long as we fear those who seek power over us.

Power is a kind of greed which we should teach to children is an addictive disability, not significantly different from addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling or work.

A study of various different cultures shows that power and domination are not the same across all peoples. That means that it must be taught differently to children, depending on the culture into which they are born.

We can teach differently if we desire to have this happen.

Bill Allin
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