how power corrupts.
Power is not just a special sauce you pour into things and hey presto you
control them. Power is control, the application of energy to do work- that
is the foundation in physics of what it means. Power comes from any mechanism
that amplifies control over, well, anything around the one using it.
Technology is the main vehicle for concentrating power, and any technology
that works does so by giving its user some increased power.
Maybe it's power to move a rock.
Maybe it's power to warm something up.
Maybe it's power to hurt people if they don't do what you say.
But all those mechanisms need the same resources and
fuel to actually _work_ , regardless of who is using them and what
intentions that person has in his heart. The mechanism itself demands a
certain course of action and anyone who fails to attend first to the needs of
power, will quickly lose that power- either because he hasn't fed it and it
disintegrated, or because someone else who did feed his mechanism of
power, came along and pushed him out of the way. But in all cases anyone
actually exercising power is necessarily attending first and without
exception to the needs of the mechanism of power itself. The more involved
that mechanism gets technologically, the less leeway there is for any
difference in action from one wielder of power to another- more and more of
the total possible actions are dictated by the machine of power itself,
with the ever-present threat of losing power if any fail to properly feed
and obey the power machine. Even the one using the power machine ends up
serving it instead of actually controlling anything.