An addiction is not only a demeaning self-affliction and shameful personal ordeal, but also a distinct curse and very painful experience. It builds in the addict a driving force that sees no limit that neither respects any value system nor recognizes any contrary moral norm of action. While ordinary circumstances can effectively drive someone to addiction, it requires extraordinary expertise to neutralize it—with no assurance of total cure. This is why addiction is considered as a downright serious mental problem that deserves expressed mention and long elaboration in standard Manuals of Psychiatry.
There is one word that does not appear in the dictionary and mentality of an addict, viz., "Enough". For one hundred and one reasons, addiction strongly and continuously makes someone craving for more—and even more. Never mind if it is against the law. No problem if it is destructive of human dignity and integrity. So what if hurts others, causes trouble and disorder. As addiction propels its victim to the summit of self-satisfaction, so does it sinks him or her to the lowest ebb of honorable existence when denied of the addicting reality.
It has to be noted though that more than a downright culprit, an addict is instead a veritable victim. In more plain language, addiction practically makes its victim an automaton whereby his or her mind is blurred and will is impaired. This is however not to say that an addict is altogether innocent and wherefore beyond the reach of law and the mandate of justice. Reason: Even the biggest addict could not but had a free hand in making himself or herself one.
There are addictions that are somehow easily noted and wherefore commonly known. There is the addiction to drugs of various kinds and with different effects. There is also carnal addiction that has many forms from the sick kind to the disgusting form. There are also the addictions ranging from the amassing wealth, jewelry accumulation, to shoes collection. In definitely more ways than one, there is one particular addiction that is not only very dangerous but also damaging to other people—more than the havoc it causes to the personality constitution of an addict himself or herself.
Such is the addiction to power. While already powerful, the power addict still somehow suffers for feeling strangely helpless and insecure, and consequently seeks and craves for more and more power with no limit either in the course of time or the confines of law. Power addiction is so consuming that there are no holds barred to feed it—no matter the cost, irrespective of the means. The one and only match of a power addict is the confluence of an evidently irresistible counter-power of the moral or physical kind—or the combination of both.
However, let it not be said that known tyrants, identified dictators and other named despots are in effect power addicts. Even in supposedly democratic countries, an elected public official with a pre-determined tenure of office can and do become power addict. There are not too subtle indications to that effect. And in this country, the usual gimmick is Charter Change for any given reason, on account of any alleged cause—except the truth: Power addiction!
16 January 2008