Power and Potential

So, if the power to be one ‘s self is what free will is about, power is potential and not a part of what we see and feel but of our being. And if we are not, then we allow others to use their power over us. I am saying that others do not rule us because they are better, smarter, or richer than us but because we create the vacuum and events that allow them to rule or exercise power over us.

Let me be clear; this is not about what others do to us but what we allow them through circumstances. Examples abound. I need to be born; in the process, my parents have awesome power over my existence. From my beginning at birth, they have power over me, and if I arrive at my new world in reasonably good shape. From this time on, I slowly began to sense and use my own power. I learn this through tears and other means, but I do learn that I have the power to move my parents to action, whether feeding, cleaning, etc. My bodily functions reveal to me that I have power, and my parents and I are educating each other.

As I age, I learn. My education may begin between my mother and her breast. Nor does my education ever cease except when I sleep, and maybe not then. My education expands to family and others, at pre-school, and more. I am inundated with new experiences, and I become more of myself. I sense and may even know of my power and free will. I use both because I may not yet be aware that my power has limitations. It is mine and not me imposing it on others. I must learn this, but many do not, and hence this love and need to exert power over others. My power and free will make for a complex set of problems for me and others in my life. We are each ourselves and who we are driven to be. 

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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