I control what I do to my computers
This is an issusion of control. The basis of the logic stems from the flawed logic of more 'power' = more 'control; Do you sharpen a pensil with a wood chipper? By having too much power, you actually have less control. When logged into a GUI as a normal user, you know the limits of your actions. You know the scope of our actions; No extra code is ran. No system modifications are achieved outside of what was permitted. That is control, the system escilated privilages just enough to perform an action, performs only the action requested and reports back to me what its results are.
You really want a user with super-user privilages. Because root, is not a standard user. Linux programs are written under the assumption that they will be ran as a standard user.
You want control? Learn how to control not brute.