The Power struggle throughout famous literature

Throughout history, individuals have led a fight to attain the most sacred gift of all--power. By any means necessary, humankind desires the ability to control others. Some leaders deserve the power they hold and choose to lead others, while some take what isn't their's and control those beneath them.  

Hermes is the Olympian God of transitions and boundaries. He moves between the worlds of mortal and divine and is sometimes known for his cunning and trickery to get what he wants. Leadbetter, Ron. "Hermes." Hermes. Encyclopedia Mythica, n.d. Web. 14 May 2016. Gilgamesh was similarly part-god, part-human. He used and abused his powers to control the people of his city. Power went to the mind of Gilgamesh and destroyed his ability to choose what is good for his people and instead only see what is beneficial to himself. He was strong physically and strong minded as well, much as the way Hermes was. This bronze figurine demonstrates the strength behind Hermes and the way he sees himself as better than others--again reflecting Gilgamesh.
This panel is very interesting for it contains what you may call four types of power: power through political means, power through intelligence, power through soul and power through violence. Caesar attained his control over people by getting things done, he was very successful in helping Rome achieve it's goals for the people. Although he never officially ruled he led the masses. Socrates on the other hand, obtained his power through the mind. His level of intelligence and wit was unlike any Athens had seen before. Therefore, many accepted him and many disliked him. Jesus obtained his following on a spiritual level, he was God's messenger in a way and he connected to people's souls. Finally, Nero, the most violent of these four heads, resulted to violence, and unjust warfare to obtain his power. The irony is that the only true leader in this group was in fact Nero (he was officially an Emperor). It seems to be that violence does lead to more power, but it does not necessarily lead to a following. For those to follow and believe you they must trust you. Socrates was a difficult man to understand due to his innate intelligence and his belief that others were not capable of his wisdom. This comparison of four men is very interesting and it appears that Socrates and Jesus may be the most closely compared for their integrity and deep morals. One could almost argue that Socrates was a prophet in the way Jesus Christ was. Kraut, Richard. "Socrates." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 21 May 2016.
This painting depicts the creation of original sin, human-kind, and the first power struggle. Eve was tricked by the serpent into eating fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He spoke to her, “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil". "Bible Gateway Passage: Genesis 3 - New International Version." Bible Gateway. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2016. Eve believed she would attain God-like powers and God was preventing her from attaining these attributes, she wanted power and she took it. Eve then shared the fruit with Adam and they were punished by God. When power is forcibly or unjustly taken, the situation rarely plays out well. Also in Genesis, Cain murders his brother Abel out of spite and jealousy, wanting to maintain the most power in the household. Cain is also punished by God. Noah on the other hand is given the power to save the Earth by God because he is trusted as a righteous and responsible leader. Noah succeeds in his task because he deserved the power he attained and made good-use of it at the word of God. The power struggle has been in existence since the beginning of time and humans continue to struggle with who rightly deserves to hold power.
Jesus had eternal power because God gave it to him as displayed in the painting, but Jesus's message was spread through the power of the people who are shown surrounding him (the 12 disciples). His Virgin Mother Mary is also portrayed in the picture--she is the hand of innocence and love that flows throughout Jesus. Jesus's purpose on Earth became successful because the people allowed him to be. For example they asked, "Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”Jesus replied, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”"Bible Gateway Passage: Luke 20 - New International Version." Bible Gateway. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 June 2016. The point is Jesus neither desired power nor forced others to believe in him. He allowed it to be their choice and he offered them salvation in return. This is why Jesus was a successful leader. He had the power to do as he pleased, but he did not abuse this power because he knew he had a greater purpose and he saw the bigger eternal picture. A leader sees the salvation of one as a greater prize than the damnation of many who sin, Jesus believed he was there to help those who wanted to be good, not punish those who are bad--this is how he attained his power through the sanctity of the others he touched.
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