Desire. Desire is always cruel.
Your weaknesses are your desires. Your wants. As long as you want something, that means you do not have it. And if you do not have it, those who can give it to you have power over you.
This is why desire is dangerous. And that to be free, you need to be free of desire.
If, for example, some people ask you to do something you don't want to do. Failure to comply will mean the death of your entire family, before they take off your head.
You are only free if you can accept these 'losses'. And say no, if you don't want to.
Lots of people desire so many things.
Money. Recognition. Approval. The feeling of superiority, because of their boundless insecurities. Being relevant. Being right - this is a bg one. Beeing SEEN as something (smart, capable, cool) because deep down inside, they fear that they are not.
The desire to be with people, because they are uncomfortable with themselves.
The desire to be seen as different from a group (Malay apologists, etc). The desire to be seen as part of a group(Malay supremacists, Chinese Supremacists, Hindraf, etc).
All are poison.
In order for you to be free, you need to let go of all wants and desires. So that if your precious little thing is threatened, you don't mind losing. Losing it, or simply losing.
When there is nothing left in the world which you desire, comes freedom. And with freedom, there is power. Power to destroy.
And woe, woe, woe to the denizens of the earth.