Monday, March 20, 2006

Powerology Primer 

In order to properly evaluate and compare different types of power, four fundamental questions - measuring investment and return - must be answered for each type.

How much does it cost the bearer?

How much does it cost everyone else?

How does the bearer profit?

How does everyone else profit?

Some types of power are unreasonable, unjustifiable, unstable, and unsustainable. Other types exist in harmony with nature. My favorite Western archetype hallucination chamber, (the Sistine Chapel,) includes this timeless allegory of power:

Some types of power are precariously perched monstrosities. Other types are beautifully balanced, light, and accurate.

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