Once upon a time, I did read about the Stanford Prison experiment, where some folks was pretend-prisoners and others was pretend-guards.
Before you know it, something wild and frightening seize the minds o' them pretend-guards. They start to abuse the pretend-prisoners. The people who run the experiment was shocked. They put a stop to it immediately. Up to this day, that experiment still shock people.
Over the years, I learn more about this wild and frightening thing that did seize the minds o' them pretend-guards. I realise we call it power.
Recently, I start to call it the red-eye beast that can whisper in you' head and tell you to do unspeakable things.
I look around me, at how this beast can or cannot, does or does not, affect all relationships. Man-woman, man-man, woman-woman, parent-child, teacher-student, boss-employee, soldiers-prisoners, government-citizens, citizen-citizen, drivers-behind-wheels, police-citizen.
In healthy relationships, there ain't no place for the beast.
At least they was able to stop the Stanford experiment.
What does happen in real life when not a soul can stop the beast?
In Kitty where I did live as a chile, I did see a neighbour strip she boy-chile nekkid in the yard, and she lash he from head to toe with a' electric wire. The chile scream and beg and wail. People try to stop she but all she could hear was the thing raging in she head, urging she on and on and on.
I switch on the tv yesterday lunch-time, a tiny girl-chile is singing in the children's competition. "Throw away de wild cane and please don't beat me, please don't beat me," she is pleading to the unseen teacher in she song.
Last night, the news is discussing again something so horrible I can't watch. A man in a police uniform is beating a' Amerindian woman and a child, on and on and on, face with the same expression like the mother in Kitty, and quite possibly, like them who did torture the young teen boy in prison and burn he genitals.
Oh, please, can we stop the beast like they did stop the Stanford experiment?
Prof. Zimbardo, who write 'bout the experiment, he say, "It does tell us that human nature is not totally under the control of what we like to think of as free will, but that the majority of us can be seduced into behaving in ways totally atypical of what we believe we are."