Violence, Power, And Lies

It is a contradiction that power depends on lies. Real power, true service to the social order, open ladders of progress, is truth-telling and satisfying but does not feel strong to some–strength in American culture implies abuse. Recklessness. Inflicted pain. Lies.

So among the powerful, we often see little inner satisfaction in service. Comfort is no longer found in a job well-done, in benefits to others. In their inner mind, power demands they must reign, strike fear, punish, deny–even harm. This happens when power is an end, no longer a means. When power seduces its user. When it deludes the world with lies.

Women, collectively/individually, become the objects and focus of that power. The violence and sexual assaults against women aren’t about pleasure or weakness, but are the corrupted exercise of power in a private realm, protected by an elaborate culture of deceit, threats, embarrassment, fear, pain, and public humiliation that shields that power–now an evil force.

The irrelevant, enabling general both affirms and misses the point: the man he describes as marked “honor” is the most dangerous to women! The headlines point to the revelation of this hidden fact.  The more powerful, the more brutal. The more out of control.

Truth dismantles the powerful who sought not satisfaction or absolution, but absolute power, an illusion of their weakness. Their defense of power is to fight the truth.

Oversimplifying, some men find satisfaction in good works and service; their inner heart is filled with empathy and sharing. Others hide their craving and addiction to power–they see service as diminishing them–by rape and violence–power become evil. Their denial makes it harder for them to know truth or get help. A lie is their strength.

Rob Porter Is Donald Trump’s Kind of Guy 



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