Power & Love

“What we need to realise is that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anaemic.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“…it is all about synergy between these two complementary facets of human nature. Where we have a predisposition towards either power or love and exercise the other element inconsistently, we stumble. When we flow back and forth between the two, we walk confidently ahead, one step at a time.” – Clem Sunter

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6 thoughts on “Power & Love

  1. Very interesting quote. I have to say I have leaned more towards the love than power end of the spectrum, unless influence is taken as a form of power. Altogether, a thought-provoking post and I love those. Hope all is good with one of my favourite canoeist’s

    1. Power, in the context of this book, is seen as the drive to self-realisation, with love as the drive to unity. I have tended to lean towards self-actualisation, and am starting to find a more equal balance between the two. Fascinating to observe these pulls within us.

      Haha, all is very well indeed with me – and I hope the same is true of one of my favourite writers 😉

  2. “What we need to realise is that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anaemic.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Nice quote, Laurel! Agree! Power without love is a disaster, or Love without power is not very useful. The additional category, closer to Sunter’s thoughts: Emotions without rationality/proper direction and regulation, frequently wrecks havoc too 🙂

    1. Phew, that’s a powerful addition, particularly for me: as I tend to identify myself / align myself with my emotions, and have to work hard at times to regulate them. Yes, they do indeed wreak havoc at times… thanks for the reminder of balance 🙂

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