First thought and response to this inquiry:
Of course, yes.
Why can a sense of power provide me happiness?
Having a sense of power feels good...
For a deeper response, I close my eyes. I ask once again if a sense of power can give me happiness?
Gut response: yes.
How does a sense of power give me happiness?
"It taps into the truth of us." The truth of our being. We are infinite and luminous beings. However, the wisdom of my being also reminds me that I am human.
Being human means I am susceptible to all kinds of challenges and calamities. Those challenges or adversities challenge my ability to remain happy.
Personal challenges serve to remind me that as a human being I am not invincible.
Power and invincibility is of gods.
Perhaps it is why throughout our history as a human race we've pursued power.
But, does power really hold the possibility of happiness?
For sure as human beings we all desire a lifetime of happiness.
Is a mostly happy lifetime possible?
It may be, but, not all power is true power. Our happiness as a human race has been compromised since we've forgotten our true source of power and happiness. We've failed to discern true power.
Having forgotten what really matters, the pursuit of power is imminent and so the delusion begins.
The road to 'happy unpower' will occur.
What do I mean by happy unpower?
A power that seems to make me happy. But fake power cannot lead to true happiness.
When forces outside of my control occur, I will l do my best to minimize the experience of anything I have defined, deemed, or believed not to be happy.
Essentially I will give my energy to controlling the possibility of being unhappy.
In the delusion I believe that I can maintain my happiness no matter what is happening around me. My ego depends on being admired for my happy disposition. My sense of happiness will seem under my control.
What forces could be out of my control?
Falling in love, infertility, aging, a loved one's death, all sorts of losses, accidents, violence that impacts me or my loved ones, earthquakes….
Naturally, when such life events occur, I feel sadness, grief, and other emotions but not happiness. I can only be unaffected by calamities if I am a robot or non-human.
It is one thing to maintain our peace when faced with adversities and another to remain happy at those moments. If we can retain happiness during calamities, it may mean we are less human....
While we are wired to be happy, we are also wired to experience pain.
Under certain circumstances naturally we will feel pain because we are human. Because we are having a human experience we face various adversities and feel a range of emotions.
We have a choice to be happy, but choosing to be happy when our emotional current is contrary to it - is madness.
If I only choose or select to experience a certain range of emotions, I will essentially cut myself off from feeling. In time, not feeling disconnects me and I will have no empathy. I might as well be a robot that looks human.
Having no empathy doesn’t make us very humane. Having no empathy is dangerous to our humanity. Going against the current of our emotions as human beings paves the way for inhumanity.
Robots don’t have hearts so they don’t feel.
One could say that a robot's happiness is in it’s ability to not feel.
When I look around and listen to local and world news, I realize how a substantial portion of the human race has become robotic.
Only robots are unaware of pain and suffering.
Pain is human but suffering is inhumane.
Some power leads to inhumane acts. Therefore, not all power can give us happiness. Only heartfelt power can make us truly happy.
As a human race we have not made much headway in eradicating needless suffering. How far have 'we' gone to achieve 'our' happiness?
To be human is to feel. Our ability to feel empowers us. In every sense love is our power. Our heart’s collective love can heal the wounds of our human race.
What is your source of power and happiness? When all is said and done what really matters?