Love vs. Power

Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

Carl Jung

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10 Responses to “Love vs. Power”


  1. 1 jarobi January 23, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    Most popullar saying are wrong. What sort of power? power to controll? then the saying is correct.
    What is power? to love, to do good, to be strong, to know when enough is enough, to controll yourself.

  2. 2 Rolf & Pnolf January 23, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    Yes, good point.. love doesn’t mean you become a helpless puddle with no own will. But still, love does set a limit to power; and love also knows that power is not a worthwhile end in itself.

  3. 3 Quotes & Quotations January 25, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

    — Jimi Hendrix

  4. 5 jarobi January 26, 2007 at 4:18 am

    Why is everybody against power?? Power can corrupt. It can also delight. Power may be used to do wonderfull things. To save the world, to heal, to help… to solve, to make good… to Love selflessly…

    Love of Power however is different to having it. Someone who has power and is a Good Guy can do great things. Do You recon?
    Love, peace, power & nonjudgemental attitute 2 U

  5. 6 Rolf & Pnolf January 26, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    I guess how the words are meant in this context is:

    power for yourself, over others = ‘power’
    power over yourself, for others* = ‘love’

    *(as well as yourself – since others love you and want you to be well, too)

    Does that make any sense?

    I think you see a disagreement where there is none 🙂

  6. 7 jarobi January 28, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    I guess what I am trying to bring out … out of myself …

    Words especially within a popullar saying carry very deep, character behaviour forming, meanings.

    ie. When Power is perceived negativelly or in opposition to another woderfull concept like LOVE.

    Our unconscious mind takes it in and directs our behaviour, feelings and conscious thought. Whether we like it or not.

    Does this make any sense? I find it quite difficult to catch this concept.

    You know that saying ” Ignorance is Bliss”
    Well, someone looked it up and apparently the whole saying is
    “When tis a folly to be wise, ignorance is bliss”

    Not sure if its relevant here but an interestig one

    Love

    Here is a poem I wrote today, my second ever

    There is a Tree with Fruit and Branches
    You are the fruit your paths are branches
    God gives each Fruit a tool to contact other Angels

  7. 8 ross June 18, 2010 at 3:40 am

    The purpose of life is the conflict…
    Love or Power
    Each choice forced by conflict asks this question.
    They are opposites as one is gifted by god, the other by the devil. These are not mere words, but rather environments. Star Wars is a good example of the two forces of spirit.

    If one looks into love it can not comprehend power. If one worships power love seems weak and boring. The variables of the inner environment are made with each choice. Building the nature of self little bits at a time.

  8. 9 ross June 18, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Faith is to love what control is to power

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