Yet, to exist in the mindset that we must always change everything or change ourselves is not realistic, not natural and perhaps not even healthy – for we must live in the real world, a world with both internal and external demands. A third form of power is achieved when we find a way to balance internal with external power and find middle ground. This is the most progressive way to evolve as a society, and it’s as basic as learning to speak the same language, evaluate and measure in universal amounts, demonstrate feelings or ideas in familiar, ritualistic ways (and, as we’ll see later, sizing votes in order to balance the drives for power and wealth).
Humans are social creatures, and the more interaction we have, the better it is for all of us. It is only by “alienating” other people that we are able to attack and demonize them. To deeply understand other people is to accept, respect, forgive, love, and learn from them. Such a power is seen in the relationship-building strategies of such people as JFK, Bill Clinton, Moses, and Archbishop Tutu.
So how do we express our personal power on a social, or community, basis? In the case of wealth, we saw that its currency was actual ‘currency’ backed by our agreeing on its use. What is the corresponding standard when it comes to expressing ourselves to the rest of our community? It is an often overlooked invention but one that ought to stand on an equal footing with money. Still don’t know? It’s the vote! Yes, by voting we find the means to create consensus and a cohesive power structure for all citizens.
Even though the vote is invoked much more sporadically than money, and pooh-poohed in the media and schools, its function stands on equal footing and should never be overlooked nor its potential diminished.Click here for reuse options!
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