Power is a neutral force that is subjectively interpreted as ‘good’ or ‘evil.’
Power is action. Action is defined as direct action and influential action.
In the realm of human interaction, I submit the key categories of power influence are three, with one having two significant sub-categories.
1. Force Influence
2. Ideational Influence
3. Demonstrable Influence
a. Social Influence
b. Evidentiary Influence
Influencers operate in three rules of engagement parameters
Expansive- Seeking to extent action influence initiating forms of deception and/or coercion..
Sustaining- Seeking to sustain or extend action influence without use of deceptive or coercive actions.
Defensive – Seeking to preserve action influence through use of deception and/or coercion.
Almost all human interaction, our direct and our influential actions, have varying overlaps of all three categories of influence
as well overlaps of all three rules of engagement parameters.
If you understand the fundamentals of the reality of power, I believe you can get closer to understanding the shifts of power around you, even if most of the people telling the stories are willingly engaging in acts of deception through misinformation campaigns.
Their observable actions, analyzed not for the ‘truth’ or ‘legitimacy’ of their actions but how their positions could serve to enable them to satisfy their core preferences (such as we can imperfectly understand that), will enable the pragmatic evaluator of the reality of power to more honestly understand their own circumstances within this reality of power.