Think of this contrast of the few, I-me-my versus the many, us-we-together as the potential of one person alone versus the potential of many people together. The potential of the many is far greater than an individual alone. Human society is greater than the sum of its parts.
My distinction regarding politics: The use of power employed for the benefit of a few or for the benefit of many. For the few or for the many. The fewest of the few is one. The greatest of the many is all.
In the United States and unfortunately too often around the world, politics is elevated to a lying, cheating, stealing art form, an art form with many accomplished masters. We are going to try to make sense of the political art form.
The pendulum has swung to an extreme. Either the “me culture” will manifest a self-destruct sequence and our current system will die, or we will embrace our personal power, overcome the “me culture” and advance.
Personal power comes with a burden – responsibility – and that burden exacts a price. The added weight of responsibility takes a toll on the individual bearing it. Power people abandon is inherently corrosive. Over time, bearing the burden of additional responsibility, even a selfless person is tempted to turn from “we” to “me”.
We seek power; the ability to control others and circumstances as the solution to our problems. The challenge is however, there is no such thing as something for nothing. Everything has a cost.
Most of us refuse to believe we are in control of our lives and therefore most of us refuse to think. Most tend to believe whatever is out there determines how they feel. So, to gain control of how they feel, people seek to gain control of external circumstances.
Whereas most creatures operate by instinct alone, we make most of our choices – we decide what we are going to do by way of emotions. Most of which we have committed to habit. Emotions rule over human decision making.