Misuse of power- a matter of perspective
Let us presume that the Auberge de Jeunesse Barcelone announces a fantastic discount scheme where you can travel and stay with your entire family without spending a lot of money. You would be very pleased with this proposition, right? You would not find it to be an unfair use of power, right? Well, it is obvious that the competitor of this hotel who is trying to establish his or her name in the market will complain against this point. The fact that the successful hotel has drastically reduced the prices charged from customers will be treated as an anti-competitive and pro monopoly act.
If you are the family member of a person running such a hotel, chances are high that you too would feel that misuse of power has taken place. So, how to analyze the situation? How to determine whether power has indeed been misused or not? It is important to understand that misuse of power is a theoretical concept. Everything depends on the perspective and the perception of the individual who is experiencing the same. A person who has worked his or her life trying to become rich will not appreciate being told how he or she should spend the money.
On the other hand, a person who has worked very hard but has still failed to earn lots of money may feel that the rich person is obligated to donate to charity. For every transaction involving power, there is scope for criticism that misuse of power has taken place. Unfortunately, this process is not as simple and logical as it is made out to be. This is the reason why analyzing the philosophy of power is very important. More often than not, we do not know when power is being exercised properly and when it is being misused.
Comments are closed!