Heavy is the head that wears the crown; don’t underestimate the affect that power has over people, neither should you take this proverb lightly. The effect of authority today is nothing compared, to the effect of authority and the raw command over people in earlier times i.e. by the royals, rulers, kings and maharajas etc. The weight and adverse impact of the awarded power has led to a self-inflicted and unanticipated fall of all the kings and rulers. There is change that begins to take place within; this starts when the person experiences their first encounter with that power, and having the respect and control over people; the extent of the change is determined by the way they handle that power. Insanity has often prevailed to those, history is the evidence of that, however such a hunger still plays a role and its impacts exist even today.
Once you are appointed at a post where you hold authority, and then you start craving over the power that you hold over the people. The lessons in History of the Medieval Age, pertaining to the past rulers and conquerors shows us the influence that power had at that time. The textbooks have pages filled with incidents betrayals, backstabbing, murders and wars over kingdoms and power. In this time, there have been mentions of murders of brothers and uncles, and even the fathers who ruled the throne of these ambitious heirs. The life of the kings sounds like a dream, however the reality is contradictory to our assumptions, these people lived a life of caution and suspicion. The proverb “heavy is the head…” portrays this part of their lives, a constant danger to their life, which came complimentary with the title they held or acquired.
The root of this craving for rule arises from a corrupt desire also known as greed. Greed is a desire that has made murder justifiable for a person experiencing its effects. In the current times this form of a hunger is for either wealth, fame or command. In our day to day lives we might not get down to vicious acts like murder to acquire one or all of these things, but we do strive to possess them, and in the process of we might even indulge in subtle malice or even sabotage. With the many avenues in work, academics and fame, it has become a race to achieve them, and acknowledging the fact that in a race there are but three people who receive a medal, the use of unfair methods of sabotage and manipulations are applied to get ahead.
On a relating note to this, in a conversation with a friend Suniel there was a very true statement that was made in a moment of casual talk by him, he said, “This is a mad, mad world”, not knowing what he was trying to convey I asked him to elaborate, and in reply he said, “the mad is an acronym in that statement which stands for mutually assured destruction, people are by nature destructive and therefore the added malice is sure to bring it to its inevitable state”. The conversation made some sense, and even the WWI was inevitable as it is said that the war had allegedly been started by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, but it is been said that that was just an excuse provided to start the war. All that also relates to a scene in the movie ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’, when Professor J. Moriarty, in conversation with Sherlock Holmes says, “hidden within the unconscious lies an insatiable desire for conflict.” which made some sense to what MAD stood for, according to Suniel.
There are two ways in which it is possible to avoid situations in which we give ourselves up to the temptations which harm us and our existence; the first one is learn to live with an objective outlook, and the second give in to the temptations and accept the inevitable that follows. With some experiences faced personally, it is hard to live objectively and therefore I have often chosen to accept the inevitable, however the choice of being objective remains till we exist i.e. before the destruction begins, but realising it is as hard as acting on it appropriately. In summary of it all in the attempt to acquire our rapacious desires (greed), we commit sins, and acquiring them thereafter makes the sins committed justifiable in our mind, which leads to insanity.
Optimal conditions are in most cases are non-existence, where we get what we desire and there are no adverse effects, therefore a core part of it is to anticipate and review the effects in order to achieve, what is the positive desires. Wars have been a step backward from the developments and only sociopaths can justify the reward of these wars (bloodshed and violent wars). What remains later is Insanity, and one question arises, is the craze over power really worth the price of our sanity and moral sense?
“The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis” – Dalai Lama