The powerlessness of powerful people.
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03-01-2012, 02:40 PM
The powerlessness of powerful people.
Id like to share an anecdote from a book ive read, Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin.

A king, a priest, a merchant and a mercenary sit together.

The king demands that the mercenary kill the other two in the name of the crown and country.
The priest demands that the mercenary kill the other two in the name of the god/gods.
The merchent demands that the mercenary kill the other two and he will give him riches.

What does he choose?

Well you might have guessed the answer by now, it depends. but thats not where the analysis ends.
All of these three have their lives dependant on the will of the mercenary the common man, they order him to do as they command but out of a postition of weakness the real power is him, it is he who swings the sword, preaches the word and fills the coffers.
Their survival is dependant on his allegience either to country, gods or money and so it is in real life but there is a fourth option and that is freedom, freedom from these three tyrants, freedom to walk away or to put them all down. The common man is the fuel of a person in power and it is so that all tyrants, priests and people in power rule from a position of weakness and without the common man to enforce, preach or pay they are as powerless as a diseased and starving lion.

Ill leave it at that, but tell me what you make of this...

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04-01-2012, 11:47 PM
RE: The powerlessness of powerful people.
I have found the common man to be terrified of freedom. Any kind of break in the routine, and the common man is unable to function. The mercenary that walks away from these three; serving another, two weeks time. Wink

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04-01-2012, 11:58 PM
RE: The powerlessness of powerful people.
You forgot one player at the table, money.

Without money the mercenary and his family dies, so he can't simply walk away. He was to work for one of those three people. Money is the only real political power.
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05-01-2012, 09:19 AM
RE: The powerlessness of powerful people.
Just kill 'em all and walk away as if nothing happened *grins like a psychopath*
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05-01-2012, 11:43 AM
RE: The powerlessness of powerful people.
If religion influences him most, he will kill the king and merchant.
If money, he will kill the king and priest
If he is truly a devoted servant of the king, he will kill the priest & merchant

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05-01-2012, 06:14 PM
RE: The powerlessness of powerful people.
We are slaves to whatever or whoever we choose to serve

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