Monday, March 03, 2008

We are Powerless . . Or Are We?

The problem isn’t that we’re powerless.

The problem is that we have allowed those with agendas in government and the media and organized religion to CONVINCE us that we’re powerless. They've confused us, belittled us, distracted us and made us feel like we barely have the power to get out of bed in the morning, let alone challenge those with the biggest arms, megaphones, or pulpits.

The truth is that EVERY one of us has tremendous untapped strength, intelligence and resources hard-wired into us.

The truth -- shown by millions of examples throughout history -- is that people can thrive in the worst imaginable circumstances. Individuals can dig deep and get creative and think of ways to turn things around even when all seems lost. People can succeed against overwhelming odds if they are committed.

The human spirit is powerful, flexible, creative, intelligent and resourceful. It is there within each of us . . . lying dormant. Wake up your inner hero, your inner genius, your inner leader. It is there . . . just under the surface.

And the truth is that, when we come together to talk about what is really happening, and what we want, and how to obtain it, we create a very powerful dynamic and we set powerful forces in motion.

The truth is that, together, we are unstoppable.

There is no act too small, no act too bold. The history of social change is the history of millions of actions, small and large, coming together at points in history and creating a power that governments cannot suppress.
- Howard Zinn, historian

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
- Robert F . Kennedy

The power of an aroused public is unbeatable.
- Dr. Helen Caldicott

Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.
- Henry George

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.
- Bruce Lee

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
-Ferdinand Foch

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.
- Goethe

A good intention clothes itself with power.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you don't like the news, go out and make some news of your own.
- Scoop Nisker, radio personality

But the [people], if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no need to conspire . . . They need only to rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies . . .
- George Orwell, 1984

You let one ant stand up to us - then they all might stand up. Those puny little ants outnumber us a 100 to one. And if they ever figure that out, there goes our way of life.
- Hopper (a grasshopper speaking to fellow grasshoppers in the Disney/Pixar movie A Bug's Life)

In times of danger large groups rise to the highest pitch of enthusiasm, courage and sacrifice . . . Mankind will be refashioned and history rewritten when this law is understood and obeyed.
-Helen Keller

From the Pain, come the Dream
from the Dream, come the Vision
from the Vision, come the People
and from the People, come the Power
from this Power, come the Change.
- Peter Gabriel

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.
-Sonia Johnson

I'm not talking about putting out your fire of righteous anger. Keep that anger alive and channel it into defeating the lies and bringing the bad guys to justice. We need your righteous anger! But anger without love turns into hatred, which weakens you. Anger plus love turns into power, effectiveness and success.
- GW (

What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists...and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want...and are fully determined not to quit until you get it.
- Alexander Graham Bell

Men habitually use only a small part of the power which they actually possess.
- Williams James

You're in the midst of a war: a battle between the limits of a crowd seeking the surrender of your dreams, and the power of your true vision to create and contribute. It is a fight between those who will tell you what you cannot do, and that part of you that knows -- and has always known -- that we are more than our environment; and that a dream, backed by an unrelenting will to attain it, is truly a reality with an imminent arrival.
- Anthony Robbins

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
- Marianne Williamson

Most of us can learn to live in perfect comfort on higher levels of power. Everyone knows that on any given day there are energies slumbering in him which the incitements of that day do not call forth. Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. It is evident that our organism has stored-up reserves of energy that are ordinarily not called upon - deeper and deeper strata of explosible material, ready for use by anyone who probes so deep. The human individual usually lives far within his limits.
- William James

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.
- George Bernard Shaw

In these words lies all his power: He chose the path along which he is walking and so has no complaints.
- Paulo Coelho


Blogger JimmyL said...

Thanks for this inspirational post.

Words are easy. Action is not. I'll watch for you to change the world - or not.

If you're a drudge fan:

2:34 PM  
Blogger Jody Paulson said...

I love your inspirational posts, GW. And I'll say words aren't always *that* easy, sometimes it's painfully difficult to come out with a truth that has been buried for a long time. As Orwell said, in times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. That having been said, it's been on my mind lately, what kinds of actions are being called for at this point? For years I've been waiting nervously for the other shoe to drop, another 9-11, the implementation of Martial Law, etc. All implications say we're headed there, yet the majority of people won't take the frightening responsibility of taking on these issues.

We've become so disconnected as a society -- disconnected from our past, from the land, and from each other. What actions should we be taking? One thread that consistantly gets a lot of comments at Portland Indymedia is the prospect of violent protests. I'm dead set against stuff like that, even though the spectre of Concentration Camps and the Nazification of this country is difficult to deny.

What should we be doing at this point? What happens if we attack Iran? The price of food and gas are already threatening to wreak total havoc on the populace. Now is the time and place to have these discussions, because the noose around our very freedom of speech seems to me to be getting tighter and tighter ...

10:03 AM  
Blogger Alex Wallenwein said...

Here is how we are NOT powerless:

Vote FOR America - Fire Congress!
(If the URL is cut off, Google "Vote for America - Fire Congress")

If we do this, we win. There's no two ways about it.


1:59 PM  

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