The ultimate power

There is no axiom more fundamental to both human society and nature at large as the concept of power. It is an omnipresent force that makes and break fortunes, gives rise and ruin to civilizations, and breeds whole species and yet simultaneously renders them extinct. A study of history is itself a study of power, as a study of history is indeed a study of human beings, and human beings themselves have proven themselves to be quite preoccupied with power. The following exhibit will demonstrate this relationship precisely with a breadth of objects that illustrate power in one manifestation or another, and its status as an undercurrent of human nature.

"Nothing beautiful without struggle.” (Plato) Seen here is a a Vickers machine gun which could often be found throughout the armies of the British Empire during the early part of the 20th century. It is representative of the ultimate power of the state - the use of force, often in the face of struggle.
"“Those who don't know must learn from those who do.” (Plato) Plato was considered among the wisest of the Greek -philosophers, and his influence was immeasurable. Though distinct in nature from the text covered in class, Symposium provides another example of the power held by one of the great thinkers of the ancient Greek world.
“Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience.” - A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft If ignorance breeds feebleness, then enlightenment breeds strength - and there is no better enlightenment than a good education. Wollstonecraft believed that empowerment for women was to be found in a rational education, and that in doing so, it would enable for the feminine portion of society at large a capability to be more than mere items but instead contributors to society.
Rousseau argued "Give civilized man but time to gather about him all his machines, and no doubt he will be an overmatch for the savage" (Discourse on Inequality). Indeed, the genesis of humanity's mastery and power over the planet can be traced to the earliest of tools such as this flint.
"Riches, before the invention of signs to represent them, could scarce consist in anything but lands and cattle, the only real goods which men can possess" (Rousseau) Within the pages of his discourse, Rousseau stated his belief that the Earth provided all that was needed for man in his natural state, and that real wealth - and thus ostensibly, true power - could only be found in the sole form of land and livestock.
"The executive of the modern State is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie." (Marx, Engels) In the end, the Communists were obsessed with power. They believed that the rich utilized the power of the state to further their own interests. Indeed, America's first president was a wealthy plantation owner, though it is arguable whether he served the bourgeoisie or the people.
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