Day 178 Question 178:
Why do people take power to such extremes?
I have a really hard time seeing power in a positive manner. It seems that whenever people hold power (not all but a lot) they end up abusing that power. Last night I was working at the restaurant and a coworker found out some very bad news. I must give you a little back story. My coworker (and also very good friend) is from Guatemala. He has now been in the states for about 5 years. His intention was to live here for 2-3 years and save as much money as possible and go back to Guatemala and start his own coffee business. Back in Guatemala he left 3 children, a wife, a mother and many brothers and sisters. He speaks with them daily but has not been in their physical presence in almost 5 years. Because family is so important in that area, everyone lived together in one large house. His family would be considered quite wealthy in their country. Last night he got a call (I am not sure who from) and the next thing I knew he was crying hysterically. He took off his apron and said very little but said that he needed to fly back to Guatemala as soon as possible and that something very bad happened. The only thing that he said was that his home was broken into. He didn’t give details but our manager broke into tears as well saying that the two had been talking and the drug cartels in Mexico were really bad and he feared that these drug lords broke into his home and hurt or potentially killed his family or some family members. My heart absolutely sank at the thought of this. I do not know if this is what happened but regardless, my Guatemalan friend was extremely upset and something happened that obviously turned his entire world upside down. Before he left the restaurant I hugged him tight while h sobbed and told him to call me anytime. I was heart-broken but I know I was nowhere near as heart-broken as he was.
So, upon reading my story, you may wonder why I chose the question that I did. Well yesterday (before any of this happened) I was reading different news articles and I stumbled upon an article of a man that shackled his wife up daily and abused her for over 10 years. This woman had disfigured feet because her husband crushed them because he wanted her to never escape. I read other articles of political figures and their happenings in the world and all that kept rushing through my head is how sick it is how people act because they believe they hold such power. I know power has a very open meaning…but it is something that has become abused more and more. If my friend’s family was harmed by the drug cartel, it is very obvious that there was a leader that instigated the break-in and attack….as they have been all over Mexico. I can’t wrap my brain around how someone could hold such power that they are able to convince others to abuse, rape and murder people. I can’t wrap my brain around why a man would believe that he holds power over his wife and finds it ok to treat her like an animal (worse than an animal…because animals don’t deserve any abuse either).
Power is abused day in and day out. Is money the main source of this power abuse? Do these people (again, not all) believe they are better than others? Were these people picked on as children and youth so now they are abusing power and feel entitled because they are bitter? Do some of these people have absolutely no conscience? There was a news story that was all over every station recently and it showed a police officer kicking a young woman in the head as she sat on a curb handcuffed. The young woman was intoxicated and had been removed from a bar for her behavior and in the video you can see the woman swat at the officer’s legs with hers but there is absolutely no reason this man should have kicked this woman in the head. First off, she was handcuffed and secondly she was under the influence. After he kicks her, he goes upon his business and shows not one ounce of remorse. I believe he thought he held a certain kind of power because he is (was) a police officer and that sickens me immensely. In my opinion, titles do not make anyone better or more powerful. At the end of the day, people are still people. If we must hold onto this term of power, then why not use it in a positive way? Is that even possible?
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