Psychological, Social and Cultural Reasons for the Pursuit of Power and Domination

“Man’s goodness means grace and light, and his dark side is the terrible temptation of power”.
Carl Gustav Jung

Are global corporations today oriented on “grace and light”? Or are they becoming the incarnation of “the terrible temptation of power” and projecting their need for domination into the whole world while provoking desperate resistance? Is “terrorism” their illegitimate child?

Once our country was a democratic one, and we its citizens – rich, poor, workers, businessmen, artists and presidents, all belonged together. It is not the case anymore – starting with the 90s many American bosses of globalism in order to avoid paying taxes took their giant corporations’ headquarters out of U.S. (for example, Duck Chained’ “Hollyburden” headquarter is now entrenched in Dubai). Profit is prone to forget that it belongs to human environment and is a cell, albeit a privileged one, of a socio-cultural body. Profit is always in danger of becoming mentally ill with blind narcissistic hubris.

The polarization between the one percent of the American population encircled by their advisers, bodyguards, police, army and the private military corporations like Black Water, and the rest of the population, has made the very concept of all of us together as a part of a single nation drastically outdated. Today, like it was in “pre-democratic” times, everything is reduced to tautology – rich are rich, powerful are powerful, money is money, and poor are poor and powerless. Tautologies are not for questioning, not even for thinking about – they are just constatives about reality which you cannot change. Life is life.

There are at least three reasons for (three contexts of) making accumulation of power the major purpose in life. There are – the psychological (the childhood traumas and predispositions), the social (the social nature of human beings makes it possible for people of low social status to identify with those of the higher status – this identification produces intense but imaginary pleasure and makes it easy for those who belong to the top of the social hierarchy to use poorer people – poorple, for their egoistic goals), and the cultural (those who are obsessed with pursuing predatory financial and militant goals just don’t have enough humanistic education to be occupied with more sublime interests).

Psychological determination of power/domination complex is the question of childhood trauma as a result of child abuse and neglect. If the child’s internal objects (“copied” from the real persons) are extra-negative, if parents/parental figures were not emotionally generous enough to become child’s positive models of adulthood the adult having grown from such a child will be prone to take on defensive posture against the world – he will, in many cases, turn out to be belligerently greedy or greedily militant. It is exactly what we observe in those who are oriented on maniacal acting out whether it will be personal violence, military actions or destructiveness of the recent American financial meltdowns. Psychologically traumatized people are more prone to manipulate reality rather than collaborate with it. These people carry trouble within their emotions and project it to everything they touch, be it weapon(s), sum of money, natural environment or other people’s destinies.

Social determination for existence of the need to have extra-power over others is the fact that we share with one another a common human nature. We have nearly identical bodies, and our inherent common ability for identification makes it possible for us to have moments of psychological non-differentiation from each other (of emotional merging with others). By identifying with the rich people (richple) the poorple as if forget that their corresponding ways of life are so incredibly different that any identification between them is an absurd illusion. Poorple’s identification with the might of the country, the wisdom of a political system and power and the glamour of the rich and famous leaders, bosses and stars induces in them such a heightened pleasure that they are ready to sacrifice themselves for the glory of their idols. For richple it could be stupid not to exploit the readiness of the masses for feeling psychological identity with those who are stronger. Blurring of the social gap through identification with the richple sweetens poorple’s destiny by the natural sweetener of psychological trick.

Cultural determination of being obsessed with becoming socially more powerful and financially mightier is created by a lack of humanistic education, the ability for sublimation and an underdeveloped sensitivity of the soul. Humanistic education could teach the psychologically traumatized people the value of disinterested meaning, objective truth, free-flowing and free-flowering beauty, mystical participation in the magnificence of creation, and freedom from their blind psychological compulsions. But as the democratic system became more vulnerable to abuses, the value of humanistic education is melting as the morning fog. The fact that people more and more prefer video-game violence to learning from humanistic scholarship is a predictor of a coming epoch of new predatory wars. Psychological traumas on the individual level and illusions created by our common social nature and cultural depravity unite to endanger our survival as a specie.