The way that power is set up in society can affect a person’s individuality to the point where the lines between bad versus good, external versus internal, passion versus reason and impressions versus judgments start to blur. These contrasting ideas are considered and studied by philosophers and scholars like Epictetus, Henry David Thoreau, Lucretius, Mary Wollstonecraft, Karl Marx, Hannah Arendt, and Freidrich Nietzsche. In their writings a distinction starts manifest between two classes of power that go by many names such as, the proletariats and the bourgeoisie, creditors and debtors, and the oppressed and oppressors. The more powerful group or upper class is usually associated with money, status, luxuries, materialism, government and state. While the less powerful group or lower class is more associated with labor, uncleanliness, savagery, slavery, and refugees. Not every one of these theorists openly uses these titles but they all recognize that there is a certain structure of inequality in society. It is wise to uphold and value wisdom independently against conditions of power or inequalities that hold people back to a standard. Typically when a group of people fears a corrupt power they become subservient to their standards and ways because it is easier for them to do so. Instead of turning to their knowledge they once again subject themselves to and are tricked by society’s games of power. Some cases of corrupt constitutions that play on fear are capitalism, tyranny and totalitarianism. An example of a distracting ideal that the society of inequality advocates for is the value of appearances over wisdom. Another is the excessive need for luxuries that can lead people into debt and risk their welfare. Corrupt systems stand to promote racism, slavery and discourage charity. It is important to recognize that class is an external and that people should not conform to it. The scholars mentioned earlier all recognize the corrupt systems of power and choose to take stances on them. Though what makes their opinions different from each other is whether or not they choose to act on it or not. Some of the theorists that propose methods for change are Henry David Thoreau, Mary Wollstonecraft, Karl Marx and Hannah Arendt. While the scholars that proceed not to do anything about these conditions are Epictetus and Lucretius. The stances that Epictetus and Lucretius chose to take are probably due to the fact that they identify as stoics. Some themes recognized in these writings that are stronger than unequal power and class are love and knowledge. Power is something that can affect the quality of a person’s life but no one should let it hinder them and their knowledge.