The desire for wealth and power is an addiction. When you have neither, nothing matters more than acquiring both. You believe once you have them, others will look at you differently, will respect you. It's not true. Although people who ignored you before will seek you out, you'll hear the thinly veiled contempt when they speak with you.
That's what makes it such a pleasure to find ways to break them, to take everything they possess and make it your own. The look in their eyes when they realise what you've done... that is the most addictive thing of all.
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