Power represents the ability to define (& defend) oneself.
That power comes out from how we act, To a Taoist it becomes clear we should treat others with respect through kindness. That reflection of respect will have the power to allow others to treat us back with respect.
However, this isn’t a Taoist culture, instead it appears this current culture uses fear instead.
To live in fear based society, is a culture of legalism which was a particularly brutal time in China’s history. People end up finding power by defining others in order to define themselves. So in the United States we now find police who taser grandmothers and school children, since they have been taught to use fear to define and control the world around them. The bantering of Tasers about actually ensures that they get used and used wrongly much of the time. Since they are not being used as defensive devices but rather as “weapons” to project power. Using fear to drive actions of others.
Yet the real problem isn’t about rogue policeman: it’s a far larger problem of the society using fear as the source of power. History has already shown: this tact doesn’t work and leads to a corrupted culture.
I don’t want to keep repeating my mantra: don’t live to fear, live as yourself.
Instead I will simply state: be aware, make your own choices and I wish each of you the best of life.
Good Night and Good Luck… and always remember to stand up for your truth.