Power in itself is neither good or bad, positive or negative, it is how it is used that determines those epithets.
When we think back on the examples of the abuse of power, particularly concerning despots and dictators, we see how rigid and unbending those regimes became. They created fear in the very people who they claimed they were serving.
The above photograph was taken at the ‘Falls of Dochart’ near Killin in Scotland. It shows how a tree over the years has exploited a weakness in the seemingly solid rock, so much so that the stone has cracked and been pushed apart by the growing tree, made from softer material than rock.
This image could be a visual metaphor for the ultimate fate of all such tyrannical regimes, which sow the seeds of their ultimate destruction by their unbending rigidity.