PAGE IN PROGRESS What you see here is a page of my hypertext book POWER of meanings // MEANINGS of power. Initially empty, this page will slowly be filled with thoughts, notes, and quotes. One day, I will use them to write a coherent entry, similar to these completed pages. See this post to better understand my creative process. Thank you for your interest and patience!
Limits of self-awareness A person can theoretically agree with a principle (it's important to act a certain way) but not notice when they themselves do not follow it emotions prevent from noticing? we are all emotional rather than rational beings (elephant and rider) cultural narratives are filled with examples of these principles, and ideas are becomming more sophisticated (now more narratives about empathy)
Terrible twos - reaction to the first realization of powerlessness
nobody has absolute power [add link]
so when people do get to have some power, they try to keep it for as much as they can this takes many forms and can happen to any individual or group of people
although we can see some groups of people historically trying to keep their power, it can happen to any group of people, so it’s important not to essentialism (e.g. « only this group of people can have people and try to maintain their power)
when people get to use more power, they can get clingy. They are clinging to this power exactly because they feel (often subconsciously) that having more power is temporary.
Is there absolute power? I don’t think so. how about unchecked power? This is different. Unchecked power is means actions that are not controlled or restrained. It is not the same as absolute. Unchecked power is not absolute.
if you want to know how powerless you are, try to make a real big change abother option: experience bureaucracy psge about bureaucracy: Brazil by terry guillism, my experience with British visa
cupture requires constant maintenance (at least the most technologiezed cuoture) Dr binocs - what if all humans disappeared spaces where we lead our lives need constant maintenance our bodies need maintenance we need to repeat many everyday routines in order to live our lifes
Amy Winehouse "Back to Black": "life is like a pipe//And I'm a tiny penny//Rolling up the walls inside"
My power starts where the other person's power ends.