Children and Power
You might not hear little kids say they want to be "powerful" when they grow up. But they sure as hell want power now.
You never hear little kids say they want to be “powerful” when they grow up. Parents don’t encourage that sort of thing, since it’s kind of terrifying coming from a toddler.
You don’t hear kids say things like this because that’s not how kids talk. They tend not to be into long range planning as toddlers, for one thing.
But my 22-month-old daughter’s will to power is constantly in evidence. Her favorite word remains, “Mine.” And she’s not at all shy about crying the instant she’s being deterred from doing whatever it is she wants to be doing at any given instant.
While Katie is more strong-willed than most of her peers — for which I’m on balance quite thankful — she’s not at all atypical in wanting to get her way.
I’m quite convinced that, contrary to the implication in the quotation above that a desire for power is a learned behavior, it’s innate in the human condition. It’s compromise and deferring to the will of others that has to be conditioned.