power

The concept of power lies not only in the things that are obvious, such as a complex government system, but also in the metaphysical aspects of life. It has it's degrees of variety in many instances. Though it is not always clairvoyant, these lesser obvious examples in this display are sometimes conceptual, but credible to the meaning of power.  In a small phrase, we could sum it up as this: Power encompasses all worlds of life.

“Surpassing all other kings, heroic in stature” (Gilgamesh, tab 1,30) This picture of Hamburg symbolizes the control that Hitler had over his people which is a parrellel to Gilgamesh and his kingdom.
"So said Anu, "between these two [let one of them die!" (Tablet VII, III, col.i) With this statement we see that the gods are the hammers of justice of whom get to make the decision of who dies for what they have done.
"while the two of them together were making love, he forgot about the wild where he was born."(Table II, 46) Here we see the power of love completely metamorphasize Endiku into a man.
" ..the feeing is not simply prolonged from childhood days, but is permanently sustained by fear of the superior power of fate." (C and D, p35). Freud speaks of religion and its grasp on civilization. In this painting we see that even Jesus had his fears of the fate that awaited him. This kind of power is something that controls us all.
The power of the Lord Shath sent Hode into a suicidal demise. "..the one who bore the child, dispaired and would hear no comfort of counsel, and procuring poison, commited suicide." (Ursely Guin, Left hand of Darkness,p.23)
"Some of the prisoners underwent the examination in groups of twelve.." (Left hand of Darkness, U. Guin) Seems here there is a parrallel not only in the current prison systems but in prison camps throughout the history of war.
The power of the people is a major part of the way society works going back to the oldest civilizations. Socretes was no exception here. "..Yet now, it seems, that if a mere thirty votes had been cast differently, I'de have been acquitted even as things stand." (The Trials Of Socrates, Apology, 36a)
"In the last analysis, all suffering is nothing else than sensation; it only exists in so far as we feel it, and we only feel it in consequence of certain ways in which our organism is regulated." (C+D, p45) Freud argues that the power of our mind is responsible for our feeling of dispair or pain.
Like Dentatus, Socrates used logic to turn away what power money could give him, while Crito tried to suggest to use it to its advantage as he expressed, "Next, dont you see how cheap these informers are and how little money is needed to deal with them?" (The Trials of Socrates, Crito, 45b)
The power of guilt is displayed as Crito states a key to his argument against Socrates' logic. "..many people, who don't know you or me well, will think that I didn't care about you, since I could have saved you if I'd been willing to spend the money." (C+D, Crito, 44c)
Trends that involve social acceptance have power over the lifestyles of certain classes. In correlation with the text, Lady Markby makes this barren statement about an aspect of the expectations of her society. "Ah, nowadays people marry as often as they can, don't they? It is most fashionable." (An Ideal Husband, Act 1, p5)
Sometimes, other peoples will can work against our own in the idea of bribes and blackmailing. This is a kind of psychological power over another. Mrs Cheveley uses this power against Sir Robery Chiltern in An Ideal Husband. She says to him "Suppose that when I leave this house I drive down to some newspaper office, and give them this scandal and the proofs of it!" (An Ideal Husband, O. Wilde, Act 1, p16)
This is the type of power where physical force is used to take what once was someone else's. We could look at this as a very literal type of power. "Those who conquer others have power.." (The Daodejing, Laozi, ch 33)
Here, the power of speaking allows the priest to join together a couple. The same kind of speaking power is displayed in Gensis in the Holy Bible. "Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light." (1:3)
"When the people do not fear what warrants awe, Somthing truly awful will come to them." (The Daodejing, Laozi, ch 72). The power of fate is inevitable. This seems to be what Laozi is suggesting here.
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