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Do you believe that the only way to know a person is by giving them power?

  1. krisingreen profile image60
    krisingreenposted 6 years ago

    Do you believe that the only way to know a person is by giving them power?

    It's a quote from Abe Lincoln that goes "if you want to know who a man is give them power" (or something..).

  2. mattdigiulio profile image76
    mattdigiulioposted 6 years ago

    Great question.
    If a person is given a lot of power, financially, politically, or otherwise, then we get to see how they use that power, for good or bad.
    Power is like a magnifying glass. It amplifies strengths and flaws.

  3. Felixedet2000 profile image56
    Felixedet2000posted 6 years ago

    That is just one of the ways my dear, to really know a person you've got to get closer to the person personally. The saying '' familiarity breed contempt is not always true in all cases''. There are so many ways to know a person apart from power, in fact any one you get to know when the person is in position of power is not always a fair judgement on the person simply because power has the energy and strength to corrupt even a simple person into a tyrant.

  4. MicahI profile image84
    MicahIposted 6 years ago

    I wouldn't say it is the only way, but power can definitely show a person's true colors.

  5. The Demon Writer profile image65
    The Demon Writerposted 6 years ago

    I don't know but I can certainly see the logic behind the quote.
    With power you can maybe do what you want and do it without fear. Then you can see a persons true desires. They wont show what they really want until they can be sure they can get it.
    Interesting idea really.