A Human 's Desire For Power Essay

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Power turns abusive because of human’s innate relationship with this mixed blessing. Throughout time, humans have had uniform ways in their desire for power and the way that they follow those who are in a position of power. The consistency prevalent throughout all regions of the world over the course of history is reflective of how all humans share a natural response when called to follow power and similarly in their aspiration for it.
A human’s desire for power is a characteristic that remains universal. This is evident through The Stanford Prison Experiment, conducted by Phil Zimbardo in the basement of the psychology building at Stanford University in 1971. For the experiment, twelve individuals, in the role of a guard, were instructed to make the twelve, assigned the role of prisoners, feel powerless; however, they were not allowed to physically harm the prisoners. At first the guards felt awkward in their roles, and had a hard time seeing past the fact that it was a psychology experiment; however, this quickly changed and what happened next, no one could have ever imagined. The experiment took a sharp turn as the guards began abusing the prisoners, and took advantage of their new source of power. The prisoners were “taunted, stripped naked, deprived of sleep and forced to use plastic buckets as toilets” (Ratnesar). Everyone became submerged in the experiment, and saw the brutal abuse as nothing but the “new normal”. The idea of power cascaded like a ginormous wave over…

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