My husband came across this article and sent me the link. It's a good one. It goes rather well with a dream I had last night, a movie type dream, where I woke up with a quote, repeated twice through the dream, where the hero tried to tell this to a young man.
Wanting power is for children.
Winning is what matters.
At first you might think those things are synonymous. I mean doesn't power lead to winning? But when I lay in bed thinking about it, as my husband and I talked about it, I thought it's not the same, and it's one of those things that is leading to a misunderstanding of life and goals.
So you have these boys in the burbs-- not just in Paris but around the world. They don't think it's worth working for anything as they can have power without working-- just by breaking the law or walking into a movie theater with an automatic rifle. For an instant, the ones who killed the cartoonists had power or so they thought. But what did they win? They might have believed they won if they believed the ones who use them, but what exactly did they win?
Some of these killers end up in prison for the rest of their lives. Some get a martyrdom that they believe will lead to a heavenly glory but they die not really knowing it will. Their cause doesn't get helped. They do scare some people. Steal some lives. But what did they win for that moment of supposed power?
I think it goes even further for the billionaires who keep acquiring more money than they can ever use. They think it gives them power over others. But what do they win? A world that has polluted air, using up resources for future generations, having hot women on their arms for a time, but what do they really win?
The real question in life is-- what makes for a win? If it is all about getting power, and that's their definition of the win, the person never did figure it out.