To sum a culture, a person has to be remarkably arrogant. And it is useful to remember that mathematics is what I guess can be called, abstract. Which is to say, mathematics has no experience of being mathematics and is therefore the obvious answer. But I will say that most decisions are made in spaces that are increasingly abstract, until something infuriating happens and a mind is persuaded to think, "This is nuts!" An opinion I voice rather too often.
In looking for words to describe the powerful, I suspect it's better to think of the powerful as - tending to be the last to conclude, "This is nuts." Which is why last night's patchy frost can too easily be handed over to the abstract of mathematics, a calculation of air movement, the Kyoto Butterfly flapping it's wings and the physics of radiational cooling. Me, I'm determined to think of it as a demonic being plotting to kill off Asparagus, decimate the Strawberry. This way I can at least pretend to belong to the earth.