That's 'cause, you know, they ARE history texts for the LotR universe. Sorry, just wanted to say that.
They are somewhere between novel and history texts, but yea. I mentioned it for people who may not be aware of how it reads.
I would also go so far as to say that people who say power corrupts don't understand what power is, or what it does. If power corrupted, we'd all be corrupt, whatever corrupt means. Power exposes.
Power corrupts in the sense that once you have it, you do not want to relinquish it. You can see it in pretty much all forms of power. You can easily find examples in politics, military, business, bureaucracy, etc.
Politicians have to make sure they retain power, even if it means doing things they do not believe in. This happens in pretty much every form of government, from democracy to dictatorships. The entire American political system is based on this. If you want to make a difference, you have to have power. If you want power, you need votes. To get votes you have to say and do whatever will get you those votes. Once you are in power, do you raise taxes and/or cut spending to balance a budget or do you pander to the voters to make sure you win the next election?
Money wise, people who are rich tend to be less generous than those who are poor. Why? Because of fear of losing power. Money is power. Once you have it you do not want to relinquish it.
Bureaucracy's have power of their own and fight tooth and nail to keep that power, whether or not they actually deserve to have it. Your losing relevance and are on the verge of getting shut down? Invent new reasons for why you should exist and keep insisting that some catastrophe is going to happen if you lose funding.
Or we could look at something like racism or sexism (or any other type of ism). People who are privileged in systems typically try to maintain the status quo in order to maintain their power within the system. The greater the power, the more power can be lost, the more invested interest they have in maintaining the system.
So when you say we'd all be corrupt, you are closer to the mark than you think. It is incredibly difficult to find people in positions of power who hold to the same level of morality and goodness as those who are not, particularly in situations where the source of their power is directly threatened.
03/31/2013 07:42 PMSo I'll focus on the one that was off the mark enough to make me a little angry, and that is Kerrigan. Nothing, anywhere, ever, in Kerrigan's story, from her intro in Rebel Yell, all the way to where we are now, could even be remotely misconstrued to say her character is about the corrupting effects of power.
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I won't go so far as to claim that her character is 'about' the corrupting effects of power, but only that she was corrupted by it. One of the main purposes of BW, in terms of characters, was to show how Kerrigan was now free from the overmind and made the conscious choice to embrace who she was as Zerg.
Some people make the claim that this is inconsistent with her human personality and use it as justification for why Kerrigan =/= QoB, even though BW was about demonstrating that Kerrigan does indeed = QoB and every character believed it was so. Power is the missing link. Once Kerrigan got this great power and freedom, she was reluctant to give it up, as most people are when faced with losing their source of power.