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Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. His simple argument, elaborated at length in the book, is that we need both power and love to achieve effective social change when faced with tough challenges.
When we let either of these drives dominate, we stagger and stumble. Only when they are in balance can we walk successfully and find resolution to complex social challenges. Some definitions are needed to give this argument its full force.
Power and love are common terms with a heavy weight of cultural meaning, so what does Kahane mean when he uses these terms? He draws his definitions from the work of Paul Tillich. Tillich was a Protestant theologian and philosopher. He defines power and love as follows:. Power is the drive of everything living to realize itself, with increasing intensity and extensity. Love is the drive towards unity of the separated. So we are not talking about power in the narrow sense of power delivered through politics, celebrity, position and wealth.
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For Tillich and Kahane , power is a universal drive to achieve your objectives and realise yourself as an individual. Love is not merely romantic love but the urge towards community with others. Wilber argues that reality is composed of holons, which are simultaneously wholes and parts.
As individuals, we are a whole, but we are also part of a community, for example. Wilber argues that all holons have four fundamental capacities: self-preservation agency , self-adaptation communion , self-transcendence eros and self-dissolution thanatos.
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Power, then, can also be seen as the urge towards agency and self-transcendence. Love is the urge towards communion and self-dissolution i. If we focus too much on our individual agency when trying to create change, we can come across as arrogant, leave people behind and fail to connect with people where they are. But if we focus too much on communion with the group and not enough on actual achievements, then our work can be ineffectual. The challenge of balancing power and love, or agency and communion, is very clear for climate change. According to Kahane p.
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Climate change epitomizes, in the extreme, everything we know about tough social challenges: how they arise, why we get stuck, and what it takes to get unstuck and to move forward. It demonstrates the extreme fullness of our world and the global interdependence this produces. It exemplifies extreme dynamic, social, and generative complexity: cause and effect interlinked and separated by decades and continents; deeply differing perspectives and priorities among the worldwide actors involved; and a situation that no one has ever faced before.