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“Power is not having to respond”

… this is one phrase that stuck me the most amongst all the research I have done on IM Status Messages.

And who does this phrase belong to…. none other than my best pal, mentor and the victim of my unsolicited bantering – Anupama!

She has been someone, who has never failed to amaze me with her positive outlook, her pleasant attitude, her friendly nature, her caring actions and her genuineness. Hats off to her!! <bow>

Power is not having to respond

And now on this “power”ful message that has enthused my desire to comment on status messages…

Let us first understand what power actually means… and here is what I can gather from the Online Etymology Dictionary
power (n.) – “to be able” [1297, from Anglo-Fr. pouair, O.Fr. povoir]

Everyone in this world – be it humans or animals – draw their power from some of their characteristics (natural / inherited / acquired).  So, you see politicians committing all possible crimes and then blazing away in their blue-lighted cars, you see a Bush having a go @ everything in his reach, you see a teacher beating the student @ the drop of a hat, and then you also see an uncaged tiger wreaking havoc in the wildlife reserves…

And when we talk of “power meaning not having to respond”, it is all about these POWERful entities claiming the right to non-accountability for their actions. The feel that they can get away with anything and everything… but what each of them forget is that they are all part of ONE BIG PLAN – a plan laid by the unseen power of the Almighty. And, for sure, this plan follows the principle of normalization.

So, when we see… one person demonstrating power and the other bowing down to the other’s power, it is a mere game of circumstances. Tomorrow, either the roles are gonna get reversed or the powerful is gonna get destroyed. Reminds me of what dad told me once about corrupt people – “Once a person gets into this mess for however small an involvement, it is gonna stick on him/her forever. And God, with His plan, will ensure that this person pays twice for it… one corrupt person had to shell out a fortune just to get his son admitted into a good college, one other corrupt person was plagued with serious illness ‘coz of the tensions of keeping his record straight. Just like the underworld, this world of corruption offers no getaway… there’s no exit!”

Blessed am I to have a father who understood these ideals and lived with all sincerity and integrity all his life. These ideals made him strong enough to brave the rough weather in his professional life – promotion bias, unnecessary transfers etc. However, today, inspite of all the good and bad relations he’s got into with people around him, one thing is constant for everyone – RESPECT FOR HIM. Even the top brass of the government still revere him… for his uprightness. If at all there is someone I can take as a role model in full measure, it has to be my dad. Thank you for living by example…

    June 29, 2007 at 8:40 am

    more to come in a short while. So, be hooked on…

    “Your short while is tooo long…”

    June 29, 2007 at 8:42 am

    more to come in a short while. So, be hooked on…

    Short while is turnign out to be tooo long nite

  3. June 29, 2007 at 9:33 am

    @ Qavi

    It’s there!!!

  4. Anupama
    June 30, 2007 at 8:40 am

    Thought provoking. Have only one question in mind how to make powerful accountable too.

  5. June 30, 2007 at 11:13 am

    @ Anupama

    The most awaited comment is here 🙂

    Yea, that’s something for which we can have have some broad guidelines set in place but then actual actions will depend on the person we are wanting to make accountable.

  1. March 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm

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