but if you're led to the right way and the path you should be at
then thats obvious ,you know what ya doin'
and the thing is when you're in thats when the greed come in
Power is tricky because it presents us with a dilemma; there is always more power to be had, and more influence to be had over more and more people. With influence and power comes the responsibility to use it for positive outcomes (one should hope!). We would like to think that our political structures at least award power to people that will use it for good. Our economic strucures however tend to reward people for behaviors that are themselves negative: greed, exploitation, and the shortsighted misuse of the planet's resources for gains in the next fiscal quarter. So the more power we give to a system that rewards exploitation, the more we can expect it to use it to further achieve its goals.
It's human nature in the sense that we respond to incentives - if we get rewarded for doing something, even if it's negative for the planet and appears to be 'corrupt' from a societal level, the most powerful structures of our society reward these behaviors. Multinational corporations use huge financial incentives to keep their employees happy and rewarded - it's these benefits that keep the 'corruption' going.
That's power on the macro scale - and it can also be discussed on the micro scale, on the individual level.
The individual repsonds to power in different ways, whether it's power in personal relationships, at work, or in society in general. Our upbringings most likely heavily determine how we will act when we achieve influence over the lives and outcomes of people and resources. If it corrupts us, in the sense that it makes us act with negative behavior patterns towards ourselves and others, then it's likely a result of not having the psychological tools to deal with the responsibility that comes with the influence. Of course it can be learned, and we must hope people are receptive to changing the way they handle power to use it with positive outcomes.
LOVE of Power definitely corrupts someone. But POWER of Love doesn't!
Unfortunately, we are not able to use these two words in their actual respective places which in my view should be the second one:)