Power, what a great topic! Yw is the blogger who comes in every now and again and throws our thinking caps on. He is great at keeping our minds in tip top shape with topics such as these., almost like a work out, nut for our thoughts. I waited until today to post this one, I did not want to distract from its importance as a topic. I will not give an introduction to it (Cami, guh release mi), I wanted you all to get the full effect of Yw”s words and thoughts and perhaps some of his humor. This will also make for a great discussion today so come mek we reason. Thank you Yw for sharing with us.
Firstly, sorry if this is a bit fragmented because my mind is hopping to a few different spots on this subject. I ask that you bear with me because of my belief that all thoughts are linked or can be linked – hopefully, this explains why this piece may seem so fragmented. Ok, let’s go:
POWER!!! A curious thing…What is it and how does it fit into our lives? What is it worth to you? To me, power is having the ability to affect or reject change. Some may say that that is influence, to me it is the same. There are two types of power, to my mind: external and internal. The LOX say: “Money, power, respect all you need in life”. The common factor between all these things is influence. These are external examples of power or influence.
Authority figures have a certain power over us because they are expected to influence our behavior. Our parents, our teachers, our caregivers all influence our behavior by teaching us. This leaves us wide open to indoctrination. Our religious beliefs, political affiliation, outlook on gender, all these things usually come from our upbringing. When we go to school we are taught various beliefs of the prevailing time. I say this because if we went to school when it was believed that the world was flat, then we would likely believe that the world is flat. This is important, to me, because it gives us a view of a system that grooms us to be susceptible to suggestions. In any subject, most things are a matter of suggestion. This comes from the nature vs. nurture debate. We are grown to look towards nurture more than what IS OUR nature….
Nature is where we derive our internal power. It is of the utmost import to discover and accept our nature. That comes from, you guessed it, self-inquiry, introspection, and reflection. I believe that this is behind the thought to: “take the log from your eye before you tell someone of the speck in theirs”. Our nature is who we are at the foundation. It is the seed in which we come from. It varies from person to person but once you discover or define your core, then the roots will take hold and the seed will grow. This is what spirituality is…The discovery, acceptance, and development of OUR nature. This touches on what Yazzy brought up in one of our past discussions about someone being “not good” but spiritual. Yes, I believe that someone can be spiritual and “bad” because that is their nature.
So, this must make us ask: Can we change our nature? Now, earlier I said that it is important to accept our nature. If you are not satisfied with what you find when you explore your consciousness, then you have not reached to the essence of your nature. If you feel unhappy with who you are, then you are not in touch with your core. However, you can be happy with who you are and unhappy with certain circumstances of life. This takes us back to external factors and power.
(Sorry for hopping around again) Hmmm…money, power, respect…
MONEY: we live in a monetary based society and so many people measure success by money. Now, we cannot know what a person has in their account, so we tend to look at their external possessions: their car, the way they dress, where they live, etc. but these are often misleading measures of…what again?…success, achievement, hard-work?….well you decide. When we become obsessed with possessions then they possess us…I am not saying that you should not have nice things. I am saying not to let the nice things be a source of unhappiness.
So, we have a system that grooms us towards nurture in a monetary based society with a media that promotes possessions and celebrity as a measure of success. This seems a bit too structured to be coincidence. In fact, I would go as far as to say that it is a purposeful distraction for us. You see, this system keeps us away from our nature, from our spirituality. There is so much more to say but I will stop with this: “In this system who has power?” “Are you okay with the illusion of power (i.e. money, power, respect)? Or rather, are you okay with allowing the system to have power over you?” “What is power to you?”
- Respect is one of those words or concepts that are a matter of perspective. For some respect is fear, for some it is reputation, for some it is admiration…it all depends on what it means to you and how you derive it…In fact, power is also a “perspective” To me, not because someone can do something means that they must. Does not showing your “power” mean that it is not there? …potential vs. kinetic…. We tend to look at the action rather than the possibility because that is what we can see….
- Thought on Harnessing empathy: when we get to the point where we utilize empathy so much that is always “on”, then we see people differently. (This touches on cognition and the senses.) Upon meeting someone, their emotions or mood is very noticeable and with experience may many times be categorized into certain possibilities. From this, an idea of their personality may be….ascertained. Now, if this is true, then is it possible to affect another person’s mood through our own? How does that play into a society that makes many susceptible to suggestion?
- Ideas relating to power are a big part of our conversations last week. At what point do our parents release us from their domain? More importantly, when do we release them from dominion over us? This goes not only for parents but for anyone we may keep in our lives…
Ọ̀bẹ kì í mú kó gbẹ́ èkù ara rẹ /
A knife cannot be so sharp as to carve its handle. …..Yoruba Proverb!
[We need one another.]
All religions are valid as long as it teaches peace and love…..Obara Meji!
There are no disappointments in life, only lessons learned…..Obara Meji