Humans are driven by the "Will To _____" This has been of much discussion in philosophy. What is the prime motivator that drives humans to act the way they do? Sigmund Freud believed it was "will to pleasure", to maximize pleasure and to avoid pain. Before Freud, Scopenhauer stated it was "will to live", basically just to survive. Friedrich Nietzsche argued it was "will to power" (that we live to be relatively more powerful than other humans). Soldiers sacrificing themselves on the battlefield for respect and important, for example, shows how people can avoid pleasure and even give up their will to live, for in some sense, power. I believe in many respects, power is the prime motivator. Species early in evolution, only desired to eat and protect itself from danger. Basic functions. Later, organisms able to sense pain and pleasure, may have been motivated by that. But humans are more advanced than that. Not just power as in force or coercion, but power involves: Impact. How does one have impact? They are remembered after death. They belong to something (a family, organization). They have impact on other humans, whether it is hurting them or helping them. We are social organisms with the drive to establish power (importance) over others. Of course, we may live to maximize our opportunities. To be free to do whatever we want to do, but why is it that we do those things? Will to power.