Power – part 2

Taking back our power has been a constant theme running through my head lately, and in my last post I talked about the power of our health, but let me expand on some other ways our power is being drained and the results worldwide…

I watch TV (not much though), read a newspaper, or read a Facebook news post and it seems there is something about violence to women or children.

I talk to somebody about their career or work and I hear ‘but it’s business thinking they don’t care about people’.

I talk to small business owners and they talk about how difficult it is to get staff – reliable, caring staff.

I talk to parents and they worry about the world their children are coming in to.

I obviously like to talk to people.

I’m also an Historian, and I think back on the past human history, and lessons our world should have learnt – but it’s easier to let others take our power and follow their own agenda. Our lives are already full of trying to work 2 full time jobs to pay inflated housing and food prices and hope our children grow up to enjoy it.

There have been amazing civilisations flourishing throughout the Earth from era to era….but catastrophic events, usually created by other humans with no understanding of what they’re doing, have seen the demise of them. Look to the Mayans, the Incas, Egyptians, Romans, even the Bible/Torah/Quran have stories (eg Sodom and Gomorrah), the list goes on.

When these ancient communities were at their peak they looked after the land, they created art, they sang, they danced, they had enough to eat, they had amazing technology and they took care of their people. Gradually greed and power overtook them, either from outside or inside sources, and they were plunged into dark days/decades/centuries.

I believe if women in particular don’t take back their power then we’re going to repeat the history lesson until we do. I’m not a raging feminist but I believe that women should be able to do anything they choose to do, if it doesn’t harm anybody else. I’m not talking about offending anybody because offense is very subjective, but not harming them, mentally, physically or emotionally. Male and female are not equal – nobody in this world is equal, that would be very boring. That doesn’t mean anybody is more important than anybody else or has less rights to live their life. Male and female aspects of this world need to be in balance and this world is out of balance.

The nurturing caring side of humanity has been overruled by people wanting power over others. The ‘white male privilege’ is one aspect of this, but it’s not alone. There are many issues contributing to this decline of humanity: porn addiction (specifically porn that includes children, or violence against women, or the use of animals); the belief that to be successful we must make lots of money; the materialistic gathering of things we don’t need – more clothes, more toys, bigger house, better car; the reliance on putting our children into institutionalised ‘day care’ from an early age; the marketing that says we deserve to have everything we want now on credit, and the obsession with control by bureaucrats are just some.

We all have the power to change our lives, to get off the treadmill, to enjoy ALL aspects of our lives, not just the few days of holidays we grab in between the chaos with which we surround ourselves.

We don’t often use that power. We have responsibilities, mouths to feed, mortgages to pay, etc and what would we DO if we didn’t work full-time??

Our work defines us in this society. The first question often asked after being introduced to somebody is ‘So, what do you do?’ I like to answer by pretending I don’t understand..’what do I do for what?’ The comeback is invariably ‘for a living’. They don’t ask what do I think of the current economic system, or the high debt levels, or what do I enjoy doing the most? So I answer…’I breathe, what do you do?’

Let’s start 2017 by starting to acknowledge that we are all more powerful within ourselves than we give ourselves credit for. We can’t use our power if we don’t even realise we have it.