Will-to-Power

Frederick Nietzsche maintained that power is a key human need, and he called this motivation the “will-to-power.” Alfred Adler also used the concept of “will-to-power.” Adler implied that humans have an innate need to dominate, and that this dominance amounts to an instinctual need to feel superior. He felt humans  have a desire to have a sense of superiority, in order to overcome our innate sense of inferiority. Thomas Hobbes  referred to man’s inherent self-interest as the source of our need to acquire power. For Hobbes, “in the first place I put forth a general inclination of all mankind, a perpetuall and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in Death.” (1651) I previously indicated that self-preservation is a biological fact for human beings, and this preservation concerns survival. In biological evolution there is an inevitability of the “survival of the fittest,” where fitness involves some sort of power. In the Theory of Balanceology, I theorize our ability  to survive is a factor in satisfying the Empowerment Need. However, the human need for empowerment can easily morph into a want for power. It appears that any of us who get close enough to power, will be touched by it and the need for empowerment can easily transition and transform into power intoxication. Power intoxication wants can lead to a Social Darwinism supremacy and control over others. Plato emphasized that, “the measure of a man is what he does with power.” (4th Cent BC)

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