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What would you rather choose, power or money? Are they necessary for humanity's well-being?

My partner is currently studying business and one day he asked me 'what would you rather choose, power or money?', at first I instantly said neither (I despise the both because of the negative impact and damage I have seen them do to people). He insisted that I had to choose either one, so after putting a fair bit of thought into it, I chose power. I chose this not because I wanted to have authority over other people, but because I wanted to have that little more acknowledgement, especially from those more stubborn and ignorant, so they can hear me speak about peace, ending war, equality and so on.

He of course was asked and answered this question from a business perspective (our debate over this is still in session). However, I am interested to see what others would choose and why. Also, is having power and money necessary for humanity's sustainment upon this Earth? If we designed our world in a different accordance than what it has become, for example, where we didn't have to buy things, we didn't have presidents or prime ministers etc. would we have been as successful in development as now?

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  • Sep 5 2011: Hello Hakana,

    I do choose power over money. I believe power can be seen in many different ways that change the idea of power as we know it. Power is not necessarily something a leader exerts onto an array of people. It does not necessarily have to elevate you into a high position. Power can be something that you have, which sustains you as an equal of society. Power can be something that you have, which motivates others and empowers others. In fact, I have power. You have power. Everybody on this Earth has power. The power to change the world.

    In my opinion, power is a more effective way to build human connections and ACTUALLY SOLVE PROBLEMS, where money falls extremely short. By treating others as we would like to be treated, by not degrading others or elevating others below or above us, we make relationships more meaningful and can work together to solve big issues.

    Money, however, is a band-aid fix. Giving money does not fix a problem. It may make the receiver (most likely a poor person or group of people) happy for a moment, and will make the giver happy for a moment as well. But has money actually gone to the core of the problem? Even after they receive money, are they still poor? Yes

    If we want to help that poor group of people, it is our duty to treat them as our equals, which money fails to do. Money says that we are richer than a group of people that are disadvantaged. We should HELP them.

    In fact, we should reach out to them...find out how we can fix the problem, and together, FIX IT.

    Power sustains us, not money.

    -Michael
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      Sep 6 2011: Hey Michael,
      I completely agree with your comment. I too believe power is more effective, and that there are definitely positive outcomes from it, if used wisely. There are some great points here that I can use to further explain/debate with my partner.

      Thanks for your comment mate :)
      Have a good one.

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