Most of you might have heard this quotation – “With great power comes great responsibility.” It might sound very simple but there is a great deal of depth in it. A lot of people in powerful positions often abuse their power – most of the time for their own benefits, sometimes to suppress others.
Abuse of power is the situation that exists whenever someone who has power over others, that is, the capacity to impose his or her will on those others for example, by virtue of his or her social position, physical strength, knowledge, technology, weapons, wealth, or the trust that others have in him or her, unjustifiably uses that power to exploit or harm those others, or through lack of action, allows exploitation or harm to occur to them.
No matter where you are and in what position you are at, there is always a way to abuse your power. Let’s take a look at a few examples:
At Home: The elder sibling usually uses his/her authority to boss over the younger one. They sometimes use this to get their work, homework or household chores done.
At Work: The experienced people (seniors, supervisor, boss) at work use their superiority to get a lot of work done from their subordinates and sometimes they even take credit for it. They exploit them for their own benefits and sometimes even underpay them.
At School/College: People in educational institutions abuse their power to admit students who otherwise are not eligible for admission; sometimes they even change grades of the students not performing well. Sometimes they take money for it; sometimes it is because they just favor one student over the other.
Politician: A politician often makes use of his power to take public money into his own pocket, to influence people, to get his friends and family special privileges at public places or government owned offices, to perform some unlawful act and get away with it, to use their influence to get secured information and so on.
It’s not just limited to them. Everybody including you and me abuses the power. We all have some kind of authority – be it at home, at school, at work, around people that you come across in your everyday life.
Just because you have the authority, doesn’t give you the right to treat others badly or to misuse it. Instead use your power to do something good for the society. Focus on your creative energies to fulfill your desires. Do not succumb to your own power instead use it to make it more valuable.