“We want to empower our people; we want to strengthen them; we want to provide them with the kind of qualifications that will enable them to build up their own country themselves.” ~ Aung San Suu Kyi
When Aung San Suu Kyi said these words, she was referring to the people of Burma, but I think this is what we should want for people in all places. But instead of empowerment, much of American culture (and I’m speaking as an American–I know it’s similar in other places) sets out to disempower the people.
I teach to empower people, but as much as I want to give my students the tools they need to take control of their own lives, true control, free from the overbearing corporate influences playing on people today, no one can be empowered with the desire to wield power.
So many people are perfectly willing to abdicate responsibility for their own lives. This is a sad way to live.
Actually, as I tell my students, this can be a fine way to live. Nothing is your fault when it fails and no hard decisions need to be made. Multitudes aer plenty happy in this kind of life.
I don’t mean this as a political statement at all, but those who want to live freely know that they must have power over themselves. And as Francis Bacon famously wrote, “Knowledge is power.”
This blog is about knowledge and knowledge leads to change. That’s why the pen is mightier than the sword. I wish you all power.