The Price of Power

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Francis Bacon observes in his essay, Of Great Place, that people in powerful positions become

servants to their positions. It has never been more obvious than in 20th century America that people

in positions of power become servants themselves.

Today's modern technology provides the driving force for those in powerful positions to

become servants. Every company president, C.E.O., or management executive has in his possession

such high tech devices as a cellular phone, a beeper, and, of course, a personal computer. Constantly

surrounded by such technology , an executive can never be out of reach of the duties associated with his

office. While he is driving from work to his gym, his cellular phone is ringing. He answers only to find

it is the office with another pressing issue that needs his attention. While at the gym doing bench

presses, the office is beeping him with a problem only he can solve.

When he finally makes it home at

the end of his hectic day, he finds several e-mail messages from the office waiting on his computer. No

matter where this man goes or what he does, he is still tied to his position. The electronic bonds to his

position serve only to enslave him.

Another technological tool of the 20th century--the media--attracts public attention to those in

powerful positions and makes them servants of their publicity. The most obvious examples of

powerful positions with this problem are those in the performance industry. Bill Cosby had a television

camera in his face before he had shed his first tear over his son's death. Madonna brought her newborn

baby home from the hospital to a media frenzy of snapping photographers and glaring television

cameras. Lisa Marie Presley and Oprah Winfrey have their every breathing moment on display for

public consumption each...