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Discuss the meaning of the following quote:  "The insatiable need for heartless power...

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meowththth | Student | eNoter

Posted February 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM via web

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Discuss the meaning of the following quote:  "The insatiable need for heartless power and ruthless control is the telltale sign of an uninitiated man - the most irrresponsible, incompetent and destructive force on earth."

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 1, 2012 at 6:40 PM (Answer #1)

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To a great extent, I think that someone like Lord Acton would agree with the basic idea of the quote. Lord Acton is often attributed with the idea of "Power corrupts.  Absolute power corrupts absolutely."  I think that this connects to the quote highlighted above.  The "insatiable need for heartless power and ruthless control"  helps to bring out the idea that there is a driving force within some "uninitiated" human beings that seeks to dominate or to establish dominion.  The idea of the destructive elements of this power is something that is brought out and evoked through the second half of the quote.  There is a strong desire in the quote to recognize and understand that power is an element that can be brutal to societies and to individuals.  It is something that must be acknowledged, presumably in a political setting, like the one Lord Acton advocates, that is representative in its democratic sentiment, preventing the full realization of the negative effects of something embedded within the human consciousness of these uninitiated ones.  This construct of power is revealing and telling given what has been done in its name by these few throughout the course of history.

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s-s-a | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 1, 2012 at 4:17 PM (Answer #2)

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