If you want to know the true character of a man, give him power—so I thought.
However, some insight has brought me to disprove that notion.
It is (rightly) said, “Power corrupts; Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. As such, character shown in possession of power may not actually be one’s true character, but rather a corruption of one’s character.
The thrill and pressure of power can push one to undignified actions, in a bid to impress, or show control. As such, one’s actions in power may not be reflective of true character, but of corrupted character.
As such, one doesn’t know the true character of a man by giving him power. Rather, one knows the true tendencies of a man by giving him power.