In the description for Red magick, Anton used term power as one of the attributes of the colour. I find this confusing in that to me each colour in the Chaosphere system equals a different kind of power or different form of energy so what does power mean in this particular case? This led me to an in-depth examination of its meaning.
The word Power in English language seems to me problematic. I see it less as a word but more as an umbrella term encompassing different often not closely related subjects. I guess I notice this because it is impossible to translate it into my own language (Polish) directly. In my language different meanings of power are a separate terms. Power can be translated depending on the context as:
- ability or skill when it applies to doing something, power to
- energy as in physics or magick,
- dominion and authority in its political and military sense, power over
Etymology from Online Etymology Dictionary:
- power (n.)
- c.1300, “ability; ability to act or do; strength, vigor, might,” especially in battle; “efficacy; control, mastery, lordship, dominion; legal power or authority; authorization; military force, an army,” from Anglo-Fr. pouair, O.Fr. povoir, noun use of the infinitive, “to be able,” earlier podir (9c.), from V.L. *potere, from L. potis “powerful” (see potent).
Whatever some hypocritical ministers of government may say about it, power is the greatest of all pleasures. It seems to me that only love can beat it, and love is a happy illness that can’t be picked up as easily as a Ministry. [Stendhal “de l’Amour,” 1822]
Meaning “specific ability or capacity” is from early 15c. Meaning “a state or nation with regard to international authority or influence” is from 1726. Phrase the powers that be is from Rom. xiii:1. As a statement wishing good luck, more power to (someone) is recorded from 1842.
- power (v.)
- “to supply with power,” 1898, from power (n.). Related: Powered; powering.
- I think what annoys me about Power is the authoritarian flavour and absolutism of the term. In fact when we look at different ways in which the term is used in many cases it’s possible to replace it and in each case this leads to more exact and precise sentence. My feeling is that every time we use this word we enforce the idea of abuse of power. If the dominion and authority would be taken out of the equation the case would be rather different:
I feel that it would be good to invent a term that encompasses these four meanings. Using it instead of and as well as power would stress the difference.