AWA 16


Of all the manifestations of power, restraint in the use of that power impresses people most.

*manifestations: apparent signs or indicators

Explain what you think this quotation means and discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with it. Develop your position with reasons and/or examples from history, current events, or your own experience, observations, or reading.

Restraint in use of power is the most powerful weapon of the powerful people. I completely agree with the statement due to the following reasons.

Firstly, powerful people in the past have shown that by using their power in a constructive way, one can achieve extraordinary impossible things in their lifetime. They can not only bring a change in themselves but also drive a new revolution towards a better world. For example, Mahatma Gandhi rose to become a powerful person during the freedom struggle of India. After getting the appeal from the masses, he would have resorted to violence but he continued his struggle on the lines of non-violence, which showed the world that violence is not the only way of making things happen. Similarly, the great Ancient King of India, Ashoka, was initially ruthless to win land with his powerful army until he realized his mistake of mass murder and destruction and later made extraordinary ever-lasting developments in the society bringing prosperity and fame not only for his kingdom but also for himself.

Secondly, on the other hand, people like Napoleon and Hitler have shown that with their ruthless use of power, resulting in the two world wars, they can push the whole world into a deep crisis of suffering. They showed that how much damage power can cause by showing off the power in a wrong way.

Lastly, comparing the use of power in modern times, imagine a CEO of a company taking and reaping all the benefits of a company, hardly willing to share and always commanding rather than listening. Such a CEO can demoralize an employee of that company, bringing bad fame and name not only for himself but also for the company. On the other hand, people like Narayana Murthy have shown how to balance power with dignity, resulting in the creation of one of the top notch companies in the world.

Based on the above evidences and examples, one can say that restraint in the use of power and using it in constructive and meaningful purposes is the best weapon of the powerful people and such an attitude impresses people and creates an example for the world.

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