Wednesday, April 9, 2014

About Power

Power – a single word that says a lot. Or does it? What does power actually mean? This is worth understanding, as there is a crucial difference between perceived power, and actual power. If nothing else, power is the ability to actualize potential. More power, means more potential to realize. Because of this dynamic, we might find that most real power operates quietly – not creating much ruckus, or seeking attention from onlookers. This, after all, limits power's ability to act.

It has been said often in the past that the most powerful man in the world is the president of the United States. Today, that would be the man known as Barack Obama. How can this be true? How could Obama – or any previous president for that matter – be the most powerful man, when he has bosses he answers to... who have bosses they answer to? Ever notice his superiors don't have a tendency to turn up on the tv, like him? His job, as a representative, is to field publicity more than anything. (Personally, I still have no idea what the “CHANGE” slogan from his first campaign was referring to, as he has only continued along the same course as his predecessors.)

No: power does not belong to those who parade their face the most, or have their name on the tip of the most tongues. Power doesn't even belong in the hands of those who put such public figures, and elected officials, front and center. The one who holds the most power is, undoubtedly, the one who carries the most potential, and the ability to actualize it. Now be truthful: we all know who that is, right? For those who think they don't, here's a hint: they're closer than you think. 

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