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September 20, 2019

Two different meanings of force

Force and strength may be synonymous, but a display of force is not always a sign of strength. On the contrary, it can often indicate weakness. Those whose claims are legitimate and recognised as such do not need to
use force.
For instance, most people nowadays do not need to use force to prove they are the equal beings, but it was not always the case. Centuries ago, many people fought to gain recognition as equal beings, having been held as slaves before revolting against their masters. They used force to stake a claim whose legitimacy could never rightfully be questioned.  However, when used for less lofty claims, force can undermine the actor and indicate their weakness.
Slave owners who fought to maintain their status over other human beings were ultimately unsuccessful. The more force they used to hold their position, the weaker they ultimately appeared in the eyes of history.

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