It’s a word we use to describe wielding power recklessly.
Yet everyone craves power. We want to control events and people. To direct our actions meaningfully. To take charge of projects, activities, our lives.
On one of our evening walks, my daughter and I debated the issue – and an important point emerged.
Power must be tempered by responsibility.
When one desires power but shirks responsibility for using it, the journey towards megalomania begins.
Quite a few modern leaders would qualify under this definition. But megalomania isn’t something new. Many ancient rulers had it. And acted on it so grandly that there still remains evidence of their obsession with displaying power and strength.
We see it in their palaces and monuments.
One we toured recently was the luxurious Bavarian palace of Linderhof, built by King Ludwig II in the mid-1800s.