Power

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Power is the ability or authority to take effective action or exercise control. Thus in a deliberative body such as Congress, the faction able to assemble a majority bloc of votes is the faction in power. Putting three aircraft carriers into the North Arabian Sea is an example of the projection of military power.

In physics, power is the rate of work done per unit time. Power can be expressed in Watts

In electricity, power is the product of voltage and current. This is also expressed in Watts.

In mathematics, a power of a number is the result of exponentiation - multiplying a number by itself a specified number of times.

In human society, power is often seen as "bad", i.e., a source of corruption:

  • Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely

Yet God has all power and is mostly seen as the perfect source of everything good. He restrains Himself from any exercise of that power that would not benefit His children.

Because human beings having power have generally abused it, with a typical leader being a tyrant who manipulates others for his own benefit, some thinkers have despaired of any proper use of power. Indeed, the Founding Fathers sought to limit government and regulate power through the Bill of Rights and the Checks and balances of the Separation of Powers, while recognizing that our Creator endowed us with certain unalienable rights.

If we think about God's purpose of creation, we can readily determine when and how to use power.

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