Blogging Towards Palm Sunday, April 1st
What is power? We live in a season in which several people in our country are scrambling to become the President – the most powerful man (or woman) in the world. What makes power? A super PAC? An Ivy League degree?; Money?; a particular zip code?; military power?; connections?; luck? We are in a confused age in which greatness, power, authority, fame, are aspired to – and yet often times responsibility to those over whom power is given, is shrugged off. Look at our schools. Look at what is happening in Syria. Look at the major themes of the box-office smash movie of the past week “The Hunger Games.” In an age and culture in which the squeaky wheel gets the oil, the loudest complainer gets ahead; the message of Jesus is counter-cultural, pointing to a parallel way of being in, but not of, this world.
The greatly influential German philosopher and poet Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) best frames the way that our world today envisions and defines power. He wrote of the will to power, believing to be the main driving force in man (and he meant man as he was an open misogynist). Achievement, ambition, the striving to reach the highest possible position in life; these are all manifestations of the will to power.