There might be some errors in this, I typed it quite fast. Fear could be some sort of natural balancing tool. The rabbit fears the wolf and so it runs to prevent it's destruction. If an entity is sentient, and aware that is part of a large "recycling plant" (eg the way nature works) , Then that creature using it's sentience, would transcend it's natural role, and grow a need/desire for power. Because this power would prevent the sentient entity from feeling the uncomfortableness of fear, and preventing it from feeling humiliated from being forced to flee. A rabbit is not sentient, and is so to say "blisssfully" oblivious to the fact that it's death brings life to another being. The rabbit cannot trancend it's role, because it lacks the sentient insight to comprehend it's natural functioning. Humans being naturally sentient (more so then any other known entity) have long since escaped their "natural role" I wonder what we were. Were humans originally "designed" to be prey or predator? Regardless of this. The neccesity of power, is A: an indication that the entity cannot live without it (lest it be returned to it's original role) or B: an ability to trancend it's natural role. Leading me to the question... is warfare an innate human trait in order to escape fear, or is it (violence in general) a way for humans to trancend our innate "role" if a rabbit would be fearless, then wolves/predators would make them extinct in no time. Then with rabbits gone, the predators that eats them too will be extinct. Leading me to believe that fear is a stabilizing tool of nature. a scared rabbit will flee, but will not neccesarily survive, even if it outruns it's predator, it will be killed from old age. So the fear of entities is a natural balancing act. However, fear, at least to us humans, is an uncomfortable and often humiliating state of being, so we try to be powerful in order to prevent it's occurance. But it will happen with even the most powerful of men/women, because even if soldiers won't kill each other, old age kills us all. So that would lead me to think that trying to get power is a futile act. Unless!! we trancend the deathcycle by becoming (somehow) immortal. But that wich is immortal cannot be killed, and that wich cannot be killed will not be attacked and that wich is not attacked, feels no fear, and that wich feels no fear will not run.. The immortal would be the ultimate disbalancers, their existance would threathen the universe itself. The irony is, that fear itself "gives" power, by boosting adrenaline etc. So maybe the temporary power gained from fear, counteracts and rebalances the uncomfortable feelings of fear, creating some sort of balance. However, for "trancended" entities like humans, this "natural" powerbooster is not enough. Would that imply that we humans need to design our own powerbooster? An interesting concluding thought to this is, that no matter how powerful someone is, they will also be weak at the same time, because that power is based on requirements. Etc, we need earth to stand on, gravity to prevent us from going into orbit, air to breath, food to eat, water to drink, and respect from your lesser ones (that would allow the person to uphold his/her power). The more things one needs to uphold his/her power, the more afraid they are of losing it. An immortal cannot die of old age, trauma, disease or starvation, so he/she needs only the universe itself to sustain that power (and their existance.) But using the power, and killing anyone that would oppose it, will eventually result in a battle the threathens the very universe, the source of this immortal's powers. Would that mean that powers are themselves ultimatly self-destructive? That wich does not exist, does not exist, all that exists in the universe exist, even the dead, for small particles of their former bodies are absorbed by the earth and made into minerals wich are absorbed (for example) by plants. To be nonexistant, one would need to annihilate the universe, because the universe holds all existance together. Heh, this will invariably start a flamewar or get some angry responses.