Of Power & Pettiness

Originally posted 4 May 2017

When the impulse to nobility is stifled, look for petty meanness

For a political ideology that concerns itself with the cultivation of Will and the accumulation of Personal Power (indeed, this writer’s nom de plume is pulled from this very concept), it bears a reminder, every now and again, what the individual should try to accomplish with that Power. Tonight, I wish to spend a few moments reflecting on the conclusion of this accumulation: Application. For what a person does with and to those they have power over will reveal the entirety of their character.

Animals. The first and foremost example of something one has power over is a pet. They rely on you for food and water, for shelter, for their hygiene and health, for their discipline, and for affection and love. A pet owner truly takes the full life of a pet into their hands, and how they choose to act upon that power demonstrates profound lessons.

First is the cruel master. The dog fighter. The abuser. The “person” who inflicts pain and misery upon a living thing who has no or extremely limited ability to defend itself. Cruelty is the violence of cowards, thus instead of standing ground against equal aggressors, the coward simply beats a lesser being.

Second is the owner who enacts no control, guidance, love, or discipline. Lacking even the capacity for violence, as well as the fortitude for assertive behavior, this pet owner often has extremely undisciplined, unruly pets. One envisions the teacup Yorkie who insists on yapping at anything that walks within a mile of “her” house, growls and jumps at guests, and is lauded as “cute” for her aggressive and undisciplined behavior. In its own way, this type of ownership carries its own particular brand of cruelty. Having power over another, and refusing to use that power to love, protect, and guide, you spoil the animal’s soul.

Third and finally, is the loving owner who uses his power to not only nurture, but shape the animal into a worthy companion. An extreme example of this might be war dogs, or perhaps assistance animals, though even something as basic as providing a warm and loving environment for a pet to explore its nature achieves this goal. The balance of tenderness and discipline helps to shape the pet into a worthy companion for years.

Now, this idea transfers over to every person an individual holds power over, be it physical power or social power. Parent to child. Man to woman. Aristocrat to citizen. Cruelty to those we hold power over, or the deliberate dereliction of duty in care given to those we hold power over, is a distinctly un-Aryan quality. There is absolutely zero excuse for it, and if you see this behavior manifested in others, you have a duty to correct it.

Without Mercy.

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