There's this enticing power exchange when a wave hits a rock. You see, a wave is a body of water tumbling over on itself, kind of like a ball of snow falling down a hill. The water is moving so fast that it creates this massive lion of a roar. It's actually kind of sexy. Furthermore, the rock is a completely different scenario. A rock is stable and firm; unmoving. The dichotomy they share is harmonious. Kinda like when Godzilla fought Mothra! The interchanging brawn of the two elements is what I believe we lack today.
I've recently read Being Direct: Making Advertising Pay by Lester Wunderman. In the book, he referenced Dr. Morganthaler, and he posed this life-altering question: "can you accept powerlessness?" What a fuckin' question to ask! In my observation, our culture declines any offer of powerlessness. I mean, let's be real, who wants to look foolish? <-- and that's exactly my point. Ironically, by not looking foolish, we come off as ignorant. It all comes from being afraid. Afraid of admitting to being wrong and risking the reputation of always being right. Hell, if I was right all the time, I would've landed an internship at Wunderman; however I still have learning to do. To enhance the culture, we gotta get back to the basics.
We are broken up into three categories of behavior: aggressive, passive-aggressive and passive. It's to my general understanding that there's an influx in aggressive behaviors. With that being said, think to yourself, "can I accept powerlessness?" If you thought yes, then you're out of your fuckin' mind. The riots, day-to-day fights and even something as simple as a yelling argument (aka 'exchange of ideas') are examples of power struggle; something we collectively fall accessory to. Power is 'the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others' (dictionary). So then why is it always portrayed as one conquering the other?
Genuine power is a sharing of ideas to supply the difference with fruition. I have faith that one day we'll surrender power to one another. I am done with violence consuming our media, because ignorance has shed a veil over our, already segregated, sight. Powerlessness is not something to be mocked, but something to be revered. The respect I have for someone who has the ability to listen, comprehend and understand someone else's perspective is unfathomable. Can YOU accept powerlessness?