Here in Virginia, we have kudzu, a ground cover imported from Asia that looked like the answer to keeping highways neat and attractive. However, there were no nature checks in our environment, the Kudzu had a will to power that was unchecked. It covers trees, houses, and you if you don’t keep moving, to create a surreal landscape of where monsters are rising from the swamp in nightmarish forms.
Nature balances itself, the Universe is sum zero, always in a balance of forces, or else it would explode like your engine when it throws a rod, or gets out of balance.
Hitler was a kudzu dictator because when a Will to Power is. unleashed without checks and balances, it must keep expanding to maintain its rush of energy, it’s joy of power.
The joy of power, the will to power is also the fear of losing power. Joy and fear are two sides of the same coin. When the joy of power is there, fear is not far behind. The joy is the momentary rapture of not having any fear. For the moment your power is free from fear, but the slightest pause in the momentum opens a crack in the belief and fear comes in, fear of death, of loss comes in.
Looking at Trumpism, and the GOP that supports it, in this Kudzu metaphor, one can see that Trumpism is a will to power and a fear of losing power at the same time. Regulations must come down. Liberals must be put down as they check the power. Judges must be appointed that don’t check the power of the Right. Power, power, power….
“The Mother (nature) comes to restore balance.” (Avatar) Coronavirus has come the check the Kudzu of Power.
The GOP for the last 50 years has been enthralled by the rapture of unchecked power, and when Trump came alone as the messiah of unchecked power, the GOP had to buy a ticket on his train.
Is Coronavirus the Holocaust of the GOP? Does the virus (nature) come to restore balance?
But let’s look at the everyday experience to see if this Will to Power is true. Look at marriage. This is the field where two wills to power act out their strategies. In a relationship, only one partner can be the Center, the source of power at a time. When both assert the Will to Power at the same time, it’s two tomcats having a power fight. The relationship explodes in violence.
So marriages usually work are a contract where one partner exerts will to power alternately, carefully avoiding a conflict of will when both incompatible will to power rise simultaneously.
When that happens, when both rise together and neither can be the One in Power, the couple either has great sex, or one shoots the other.
The point here (if there is a point) is that when two incompatible Wills to Power rise simultaneously, there can be only one Will standing, the One without a second and if no compromise or creative resolution where the two wills can oscillate power, violence erupts to destroy the challenger, and each Will to Power believes it is the legitimate One or Center.
In traditional historical marriages, the male is the center pole, and the female dances around it. Order in society is maintained because there is no contest for power in the family. The female gets power by manipulating the male into doing her will. Peace is maintained as long as he thinks it’s his idea.
Every relationship that lasts is a strategy in which harmony between two wills to power triumphs over violence, where creative strategies overcome violence and death. Violence is failed creativity.