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So they can be Spider-Man
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So they can't stop being fools.
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"I find the idea of pursuing power to be silly and immature because you should
Be seeking knowledge and that will become your power."



If knowledge is good because it becomes power, then seeking knowledge is the pursuit of power. Either seeking power is good, or it isn't.

Drozy voices another opinion of mine, regarding the assumption that "power" is evil.



To be honest, the OP sounds like an ego trip; an excuse to look down on people.
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I imagine fools seek power for the same reasons that non-fools do. If I have a set of things that I want to do, then having the power to do so, as opposed to limiting my desires to my imagination, is important. Being a fool would just mean that my desires aren't likely to lead to a happy ending (whatever that may be). Nothing wrong with power, and nothing wrong with wanting power. The only problem here is being a fool. The more interesting question (to which I don't have a very good answer) is "why do fools get power?"
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Most of what is in this thread is shallow thinking and less than accurate.

First, let me say there is nothing wrong with power, or the desire for it, in and of itself. However, those seeking power for the sake of power are usually just egotistical, but not necessarily fools.

Still, there is nothing wrong with wanting the power to control things in your life. The power to protect yourself and others. The power to overcome challenges. That's all normal, and I think anyone who doesn't see that is quite foolish.

Also, knowledge is power. However, knowledge will only go so far. Money is also power, including money with less knowledge. And sometimes, power is power. It doesn't have to come with money or knowledge... though both are admittedly helpful.

Some people in this thread just make me lol, though.

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aeb0717 wrote:To be honest, the OP sounds like an ego trip; an excuse to look down on people.


Kind of what I was thinking.
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Power hungry fools!!

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aeb0717 wrote:

"I find the idea of pursuing power to be silly and immature because you should
Be seeking knowledge and that will become your power."



If knowledge is good because it becomes power, then seeking knowledge is the pursuit of power. Either seeking power is good, or it isn't.

Drozy voices another opinion of mine, regarding the assumption that "power" is evil.



To be honest, the OP sounds like an ego trip; an excuse to look down on people.


Searching for power itself isn't good there needs to be a purpose.
If you have a purpose and use for power then that is good.

Knowledge is good not just because it's power but it can be used to improve other peoples lives.

Looking for power without knowledge is often destructive and foolish.


Also i don't need an excuse to look down on people who want to gain power for selfish reasons or just for the sake of having it i can do that fine without it

Not saying that i am better though by all means i'm no less of a fool then them in many ways.

Not sure where you get the "Ego trip" thing from but that's not what i was going for
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HolyDrumstick wrote:

Most of what is in this thread is shallow thinking and less than accurate.

First, let me say there is nothing wrong with power, or the desire for it, in and of itself. However, those seeking power for the sake of power are usually just egotistical, but not necessarily fools.

Still, there is nothing wrong with wanting the power to control things in your life. The power to protect yourself and others. The power to overcome challenges. That's all normal, and I think anyone who doesn't see that is quite foolish.

Also, knowledge is power. However, knowledge will only go so far. Money is also power, including money with less knowledge. And sometimes, power is power. It doesn't have to come with money or knowledge... though both are admittedly helpful.

Some people in this thread just make me lol, though.



"those seeking power for the sake of power are usually just egotistical, but not necessarily fools."

Well to me they are still fools but each to there own
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theYchromosome wrote:

I imagine fools seek power for the same reasons that non-fools do. If I have a set of things that I want to do, then having the power to do so, as opposed to limiting my desires to my imagination, is important. Being a fool would just mean that my desires aren't likely to lead to a happy ending (whatever that may be). Nothing wrong with power, and nothing wrong with wanting power. The only problem here is being a fool. The more interesting question (to which I don't have a very good answer) is "why do fools get power?"


Let's ask Trump and his supporters your question
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Although you ask for opinions, it's like you're simultaneously trying to convert people to your line of thought, along "preaching to the choir." The generic, fortune cookie-like phrases don't aid in lessening the impression, and neither does the random as hell Trump line.
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aeb0717 wrote:


Ryulightorb wrote:



Although you ask for opinions, it's like you're simultaneously trying to convert people to your line of thought, along "preaching to the choir." The generic, fortune cookie-like phrases don't aid in lessening the impression, and neither does the random as hell Trump line.


Not my intention sorry if it comes across like that.

Also the trump part was a joke because trump is a fool and he has alot of money (a form of power).
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Fools want a lot of things.
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like power.. when they're hungry!
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Power comes with many definitions, but if i had to make ti simple, i would say that power boils down to choice. In any situation having more power mean having more choices, more opportunities. Which means that anything can be power in a certain situation, but some thing are more universal that others.

It's nice to think that we are free to do what we wish, but in reality we are limited by our circumstances. For example, while one theoretically free to go to Japan to visit all those nice places there, he does not necessarily possess money and free time to do so. That is what power is - ability to do thing we want to.

On the topic of knowledge, while it certainly can be power, it does not directly translates into power, otherwise scientists and philosophers would be most powerful people in the world. They are not. And as far as "knowledge > power" goes, while i do not want to belittle it's importance, i'd say that having knowledge about how to resolve some important situation while lacking power to do so, is the worst thing that can happen to anyone in my opinion.

Why people are seeking power? Because they want to have a meaningful choice, because they want to be actors and not just spectators.
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