Jaron Lanier on pretending not to be powerful

From this interview:

To me, one of the patterns we see that makes the world go wrong is when somebody acts as if they aren’t powerful when they actually are powerful. So if you’re still reacting against whatever you used to struggle for, but actually you’re in control, then you end up creating great damage in the world.

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New since (roughly) WW2

Food for thought. Suspect most people think most of these go a lot further back:

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Laurent Cordonier on Twitter
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