The Hunger for Power

A story that keeps popping up in the news is about the death of a Belgium student who died during an initiation ceremony from the notorious Belgian Reuzegom Club. “Sanda Dia, 20, died from a heart attack which doctors believe was brought on by salt poisoning.” 

There are many reports in the media, criticizing the mild punishment that the students involved in the hazing that lead to his death received. A cry for justice has gone out, and the family of Sanda Dia has started a trial against those responsible.

“The case surrounding the death of Dia (20) has been horrifying all of Belgium for a long time. During his hazing, the student had to sit in an ice bath and drink fish sauce, which caused his body temperature to drop to 27.2 degrees and his organs to fail due to excessively high salt content.” Read more. 

I understand that this is horrible for the family. And yet, what really caused his death? Can you really call this an accident? What caused this young man to die way before his time?

There are many people who study and who never join these old-fashion student clubs, which are known for their harsh initiation rituals. Hazings like this have already been done for decades, if not longer. But these clubs are always entered on a voluntary basis.

What kind of people actually volunteer for this? What is the reason that there are those who are willing to undergo humiliation and even risk their lives to be able to join such clubs?

I have read reports stating Sandi Dia wanted to have a network of people where he lived, therefore joining this club seemed to be a good idea. This is almost always the reason people join. For building a network of friends and powerful business relationships which will serve you during and after your studies.

So what does it all boil down to? The hunger for power. Accept the discomfort and humiliation of the hazing of such clubs, because helped by these clubs, you can hitchhike your ride to the top levels of society. Pay the entry price, don’t think too much about it, and you are sorted.

Was this guy really killed by hypothermia combined with drinking too much fish oil, or was he killed by the hunger for power, combined with the willingness to let elementary human values go? I believe his hunger for power plus the voluntary dropping of human values killed him.

Don’t get me wrong. I would be grateful if he was still alive. I just don’t believe it was an accident. I believe it is naïve to just call this a racist incident or a terrible accident. Many if not all ills of the world, including the death of Sandi Dia, are caused by exactly this unethical hunger for power.

The reason I bring this up is that right now we are in a time when power-groups with very questionable ethics seem to have a greater and greater influence on our lives. Groups like the World Economic Forum, the Bilderberg Group, or the Trilateral Commission, just to name a few.

There is a clear parallel between elitist student groups and these elitists think tanks. If you want to rise to the top of the human power spectrum, and if you want to become a millionaire in the process, these kinds of “good old boys networks” are your ticket to the absolute top.

Every successful and ambitious politician, CEO, or top academic who wants to move ahead in the world, is sooner or later invited into one of these groups. And if you are willing to support the written and unwritten agenda’s of these groups, you will keep rising, no doubt.

The price you have to pay for this is that you will no longer be serving your voters, your customers, or you students as the primary goal. On the surface it will look like you do, but you will primarily serve the agenda of the think tank, however ethical or unethical that may be.

So besides thinking carefully which student bodies you want to join during your study, think carefully what kind of “professional organizations” you want to join after your study. Most importantly, think about what kind of effect this will have on your world and on your soul. There is obviously more to life than gaining power.

Some more food for thought….