The nature of power

How is power defined, scholar Kenneth Boulding said, power is "the ability to change the future.", we shape out own future everyday, either through action or inaction.

I can do something for myself, that is the power of self-reliance, I can ask someone to help me do something that is another type of power drawn from my social and communication skills, finally I can force someone else do do something, that is power as well, this power comes from force and threat.

Most people only see the third option when they think of power, the power to make someone else do something, I tend to rely on the first two more, even within the context of a D/s relationship, isn't it better to control socially than through fear?

25 Jul 2006 10:56:00

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