Under the Color of Power

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Man has always been under the influence of the powerful since the beginning of time. Powerful men or women whose desire to dominate, control and ultimately determine the fate of others, serves as an aphrodisiac for their own mortal existence. They see power as an instrument of immortals, given and obtained only by those destined to be perceived and venerated as idols and even deities. And America was never immune.

UNDER THE COLOR OF POWER

By Al Garcia

Man has always been under the influence of the powerful since the beginning of time.  Powerful men or women whose desire to dominate, control and ultimately determine the fate of others, serves as an aphrodisiac for their own mortal existence.  They see power as an instrument of immortals, given and obtained only by those destined to be perceived and venerated as idols and even deities.  And America was never immune.

Individuals who obtain the ultimate supremacy over their peers tend to absorb the light of the masses that surround them. And like the color black that absorbs all light in the color spectrum, the individuals who obtain or seek power, devour and consume the energy and the spirit of the captivated and the enthralled.  Black, a symbol of menace or evil, also represents treachery and trickery. and even unhappiness.  Black is the color of power.

Black clouds over a regime or government always foreshadow the abuse of power.  Veiled rumors and scandal sometimes lessen the blackness into varying shades of gray, letting slivers of light through the shadows of artful deceit and betrayal. Power consumes the mind and the soul, and can corrupt the weak and fragile humanness that may exist in some, and not at all in a few that seek the exaltation and acclamation of the hordes that seek cover from the daily inconvenience of mere existence.

Power can veil the darkening storms that gather ominously throughout the land.  Power can mask the voice and face of the disenchanted and disillusioned.  Power can even attempt to cloak the deliberate butchery of our liberty.  But the bewitching spell of power also eventually reveals the true character of the man or woman behind the hollow mask of power.  Power either fills the mask, or betrays the traitor behind the mask.

Think of all the men and women who thought themselves able to rule the world and its inhabitants.  Adolf Hitler (German) and his cronies, who was responsible for the torture and death of anywhere between 21 to 50 million people.  Then there was Mao Tse-Tung (China) with a scorecard of around 77 million people.  Kublai Khan (Mongolia), 19 million killed; Empress Cixi (China), 12 million dead; Chiang Kai-Shek (Taiwan), 10 million slaughtered; Leopold II (Belgium), only 10 million killed; Josef Stalin (Soviet Union), a mere 4.3 million.  And the list of want-to-be world rulers goes on and on -- Joseph Mengele, Adolf Eichmann, Saddam Hussein, Caligula, Pol Pot, the list is endless.  And they all had power!  They craved adoration, and instead became a black plague on humanity.

Within our own borders we had the Civil War (1861-65), the American Revolution (1775-83); the War of 1812 (1812-15); the Mexican-American War (1946-48) and the Indian Wars (1885-1891).  Then of course there were the World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq war, the Afghanistan War, and too many others, major and minor, to list.  Our leaders were not and are not immune from the allure of power, dominance and control.  This is the history of man.  The fascination and attraction of power, superiority, dominance – all leading to war and the deliberate and calculated annihilation of our fellow man for no reason other than to dominate and suppress.  Each of these episodes in our history shrouded our nation and our psyche with black clouds of menace and evil, and instilled a mentality of hatred, vengeance and revenge.  Even today, we have but to listen to the rhetoric and hatred of political foes, of anti-vexers, and conspiracy theorists (or terrorists).  There is no tolerance for debate, discussion or contemplation.  Just attack, anyway, anyhow, just so long as you obstruct, delay, confuse, frustrate and complicate.

Much too often. we have seen the rise of leaders who are cruel, evil or mean-spirited, malevolent, underhanded, and without empathy for those they lead.  They are said to have a “black heart.”  These individuals who are addicted to power, will do anything to survive, including betrayal, cheating and lying, even denying the reality of the moment.  And again, there is a blackness that surrounds them and those that serve them, and empower them, and enable them.  Then the question arises, who has the darker soul, the leader or those who empower him?

It is the few and the brave, and the true patriots, that lead by truth and dignity and respect.  It is they who shine the light of freedom and liberty that illuminates the blackness of despair, defeat and despondency that the power-addicted thrive on.

History has proven that power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.  And powerful men and women have shown us that despotic power is always accompanied by corruption of morality.  History has also shown us that powerful despots are weak of mind and soul.  Blackness hides, while white brings light and truth.  Blackness covers, while light uncovers.  Power, if misused, contains the fear and uncertainty of the threatening unknown.

The color of power is black and bleak.  The color of power absorbs the spectrum of human decency, honesty, morality, dignity and civility, and yields the fear and dread that in turn reveals the blackness within the human heart.

And in the end, we become what we allow.  Mere faceless, voiceless shadows in the blackness of power.


Submitted: October 05, 2021

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