Do we empower others to empower ourselves? Or are we empowered naturally through acts which contribute to other’s agency?
In this world rooted in hierarchy, I keep finding this split.
Some claim to fight for change but are really seeking power and/or popularity. Self-ordained leaders empowering themselves under the guise of empowering others. A me for we.
Then there are those who are empowered through empowering others. Chosen to lead by those they serve, lifted by the collective they contribute to. Grounded in humility, wise from experience, harnessed by their humanity. A we for me.
As advocates of ideas, are we practising what we preach, or just preaching?
One creates celebrity. The other creates collectivity.
Or perhaps we need both, a spectrum of everything. But if so, how do we cull the ego who dwells here blocking growth and perpetuating pain?
We all glean the information we preach through a cascade of other’s expressions. Nothing is ever completely our own, our very existence the result of a microbial tide. Our words a cascade of language. Our opinions a ray within a prism of experience which has lived and died in the hearts and minds of time.
Like an anchovy, as my friend Lucy says; new, made old, made new again.
As we rise into this Spring, we get to decide what we take and what we leave. How we evolve, and what it means to truly live in relation to other beings.
What would you choose if we could choose again? (and we can)