Western civilization has been on a will-to-power voyage for a very long time going as far back as to the split in Christianity between the Roman Catholic faith and the Orthodox faith and who knows, maybe even further. But let’s stop right here and ask ourselves just what is “power”? The simplest and most straightforward answer is power means the ability to define reality.
Not only does a will-to-power want to define reality in religious or philosophical terms but also in political and economic terms—even scientifically. Power in this sense, I would add, comes from the intellect. With the intellect, one has to be able to control the narrative spreading it through the established sources of public discourse, education, and other sources of information such as books, newspapers, cable television, movies, music and news sources on the internet.
By no measure, however, is the will-to-power also the will-to-truth, that is, our ability to see reality in its own right before it is altered and defined by the will-to-power.
If there were such a thing as the history of the will-to-power it would consistently show the destruction of political unity and authentic consensus creating, as a consequence, a house divided which would further lead to endless unresolved conflicts and even civil wars.
Turning to religion, such a history would show the decline and sectarian fragmentation of religion, the heart of which is the inability to fully grasp the essence of religion which goes beyond the ambit of superstition and blind faith.
Despite this somewhat bleak and dismal outlook, the will-to-truth appears to be the way of Buddhism as it voyages to truth, laying aside all that which is a will-to-power, that can only alter and change true reality into something it is not.