force as principle

To most people the principle of force appears so natural and self-evident that they do not even recognize that it is a particular principle and that it is not just part of „human nature.“ (…) Force is not necessarily a physical threat; it can be psychological (…). Force is effective not only as far as a certain aim is concerned; provided your opponent can not effectively defend himself, it is also a source of great satisfaction for the one who uses it. It seems to prove his strength, his superiority, his potency. ― (1967e: Do We Still Love Life?, in: McCalls, New York, Vol. 94 (August 1967)