Power is the ultimate Aphrodisiac. ” – Henry Alfred Kissinger
This was a statement made by HENRY KISSINGER

Is power really the ultimate aphrodisiac ? 

 I have another favorite quote and it is from Lord Acton,  unlike Kissinger, he is said to have borrowed the idea from other writers and it goes thus : 

“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. “- John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, first Baron Acton (1834–1902)

Does power corrupt? If power corrupts then absolute power corrupts absolutely. 

Thanks  to the high school I attended.  I like to view ideas and concepts by definitions, then the context. Let me however categorically state that the use of aphrodisiac here is not conclusively sexual. 


My father; a political scientist and a lawyer among other professions painted my childhood  with the definition of power according to Max Weber. “Power is the ability to control a man against his will. ” he would repeat this  in his messages and speeches and that stuck. 

Power is a very important concept and MAX WEBER’s definition seems to be common.  He defined it as the ability to control others, events, or resources; to make happen what one wants to happen in spite of obstacles, resistance, or opposition. 

He is also credited to have said that the ability of an individual or group to achieve their own goals or aims when others are trying to prevent them from realising them”

Before I bore you to bits with superfluous and verbose statements like the one you are currently reading.

 Just in case you don’t know who he (Henry Kissinger) is : Henry Alfred Kissinger ;born Heinz Alfred Kissinger [ May 27, 1923) is an American diplomat and politician who served as the United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. You could search him online to know more about him.


Point is. Henry Kissinger was as close to power and as involved as anyone could be. He was close to power and saw power especially in governance and politics.  He called power the ultimate aphrodisiac. 

We all claim that we would do better than the people we call leader s today. We believe so genuinely I, but like I usually say “Untested love is more often than not bogus, exaggerated and swollen… until it’s tested, it is just a may come to pass or fail.   “

In my opinion, I know a lot of youths and members  of my generation believe they would make a difference when they get into position of authority; but remember the quotes of these men and constantly remind yourself that you would not get power drunk. 

Like alcohol, some people can behave themselves under the influence, but some others lose it easily.  While some can take a lot and be fine, others can’t manage after a shot.  The same goes for power and the reactions to power.

When you have resources at your disposal; human and financial capital unprecedented, what do you do.  In preparing for greatness, prepare for the madness and prevent it as much as you can. 

All the good you did to get to power should not stop when you get into power… if you prayed before, keep praying, if possible, pray more. Those you loved before, love more. Those you called brothers and friends, keep them as brothers or friends… except they do things that would have made you leave them before you came in authority,then same standards of expectations, leave them. 

Summarily, try to remain grounded and humble yet executive in positions of power; be you president of a nation or head of  a household. Strive to do better than your expectations. 
Thank you so much for reading. 

Bimidiah cares. 


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Carter Ford says:

    Articulate piece on power. Well done.

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  2. Wow does it make any one sleep with you

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    1. Presidents, Governors and even Kings, had it easier than average people when it came to bedding people. Power has it appeal and sadly or happily as the case may be, it makes getting people in your bed easier. So, the answer would be yes.

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