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The Power of The Powerless

Feeling powerless and Being powerless are quite different states, yet they’re intimately related.

If you feel powerless, the odds of wielding power are severely diminished. Yet, you may still have power to use

But, if you don’t think you can do a certain thing, you probably won’t end up doing it.

Still, some hugely important things depend on millions of people who feel powerless being able to take action and use the small portion of power they actually possess—things like Global Peace.

My recently-published book, Notes from An Alien, tells the story of three Worlds’ struggle to attain lasting Peace.

I suppose, all things considered and even though it’s psychologically dangerous to look back and wonder “What If?”, I might have felt my urge to write and publish such a book was a powerless act—wouldn’t help the Cause for Peace.

I’m glad I didn’t decide I was powerless, since the book May  help and, if it Might, who am I to stop it from doing its part?

Of course, any aid my book may render Global Peace depends on the folks who let fictional accounts inspire them to here-and-now actions.

Real World Examples often have more power to motivate—Examples like Leymah Gbowee has given us.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, said: “Leymah bore witness to the worst of humanity and helped bring Liberia out of the dark. Her memoir is a captivating narrative that will stand in history as testament to the power of women, faith and the spirit of our great country.”

The Los Angeles Times  has a recent opinion piece that gave me the title for this post, Liberia’s Leymah Gbowee: The power of the powerless.

One particular excerpt from that article struck me deeply:

“In Gbowee’s view, the women of Liberia had been pushed to their limits; pushing back was their only hope for survival. What was there to be afraid of, she asked, when they had already endured the unspeakable?”

Is there something in your life that has made you endure the Unspeakable? Have you reached the stage where there is nothing left worth fearing—a state that often carries within it the Power to fight for Survival?

I fear for our World—I have for years and it’s crippled many hopes and dreams that I’ve let die. But, I’d reached the state where I had nothing more to lose and I wrote my book.

The women of Liberia had nothing left to lose and Leymah Gbowee inspired them to heroic action.

I encourage you to read the full article from the Los Angeles Times  but let me leave you with another excerpt that quotes Gbowee:

“Movements begin with people who can imagine the possibility of change and communicate that vision. How did a movement of ‘ordinary’ Liberian women change history? Listen to Leymah: ‘You can tell people of the need to struggle. But when the powerless start to see that they really can make a difference, nothing can quench the fire.'”
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3 responses to “The Power of The Powerless

  1. penpusherpen October 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I received the email Alexander, and sometime soon I’ll be reading your book… Finding time for everything is a constant struggle, but darker nights drawing in certainly make for better reading opportunities. People voices are heard the loudest when joined together in either praise or admonishment, and with the power of the Nett used for good, (and not for the opposite, which always gets more headlines) ) it should help spread the voices further afield. Power to the joined voices raised in protest against all constraints of the truth.. … xPenx


  2. Alexander M Zoltai October 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I totally love this:

    “Power to the joined voices raised in protest against all constraints of the truth.”
    Hey, folks, check out penpusherpen’s blog :-)

    looking forward to any comments you may share about my book………


  3. Pingback: Why In The World Publish A Novel Promoting Global Peace? | Notes from An Alien

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