The Nature of Power Essay

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The Nature of Power In 1948, the OECD was formed by several European nations in what would become the first step toward the formation of the European Union. The creation of the EU was revolutionary in that nations gave up unprecedented amounts of their sovereignty, resulting in such acts as voluntarily subjecting themselves to monitoring of war materials (coal and steel) and culminating in the institution of the Euro and integration of European economies and societies, and politics. The success of the EU in the last few years is amazing not just because of its economic achievements, but because it signifies the first successful surrender of nationalism and the transfer of loyalty to a regional level, notions which would have been…show more content…
To that end, this essay will explore the fundamental nature and show the undercurrents of power struggle that are overlooked as part of the everyday and equate them with more prominent struggles of the same type. Power manifests itself in a variety of ways. The one most often perceived is the power of brute force, embodied in political and military leaders and disseminated in movies life XXX, TV series like West Wing and JAG, and bullies on the playground. There is power of the network, embodied in unions and other civil movements, and perceived through Thomas Gordon books, human interest news stories, as well as gangs and school yard cliques. There is also power of influence, achieved by orators, demagogues, community leaders and intellectuals, and power of guilt, exploited mainly by religious institutions. The latter two powers perceived less and talked about by few (usually by those who have or seek to have the power of influence), but are also more prevalent in everyday life. This essay will cover all forms of power in how they manifest and are perceived in everyday life. In doing so, it will also try to distill power to its true essence and determine why it is so much a part of the human psyche. Guilt is probably the most underestimated forces of power. Guilt is often referred to in everyday life in terms of religion and relationships (as in the familial guilt-trip) but it has more power than it is given credit for. Guilt bestows power
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