The Use and Abuse of Power

             As Robert F. Kennedy once said "The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use - of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public" (Kennedy). Power has many different definitions. It could be the ability to act or affect something strongly, with physical or mental strength (Power). Power also means the overall position or national strength in a community, which is a necessary component in any society; otherwise all pandemonium will break loose (Power). However, if someone takes power to the extreme, it could not be good either to him or her, or the society. Additionally, power could also have different meanings from person to person, and how he or she could define it to him or herself.
             Power has many synonyms of physical or mental strength, such as: might, vigor, energy, and effectiveness. Might is defined as having strength of something physical, such as moving heavy objects from place to place (MerriamWebster). As vigor goes with the other synonym of energy, it means force of healthy growth in any living matter that requires energy (MerriamWebster). Even though these words are very similar to each other, power has another definition which is related to the political or national strength of a group of people or a single person. Some synonyms that are related to this definition of the word are: dominion, rule, government, command, and sway. Dominion is defined as having the power or right of controlling, such as a government would have with society (MerriamWebster).
             The distinctions of synonyms that power defines can be two totally different meanings, because the physical or mental strength of power will relate to a person's ability to do something. On the other hand, power's definition of the ruling or government will compare to a society's overall ruler, and what he or she can do for the country or town. As Lord Acton said, "Power tends to ...

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