The Power of One

The Influence in Life is Undeniable

 The Power of One
Dispelling a Programmed Myth of Hopelessness:
"But What Can I do? I'm Just One Person."
NewsFocus, Op-Ed by Tim Watts - 050416

Humankind is one of the most fascinating, yet troubled creatures on the face of this earth. Beholden with many diverse, unique abilities and immensely wonderful talents, such as intellect and reason, determination and perseverance, courage and strength, to name but just a few... yet many in life seldom achieve their true inner potential, because oftentimes they are hamstrung through their own personal inhibitions, the most common Achilles' heel being people's inability to believe in themselves.

It is arguably, one of humankind's greatest drawbacks, and it is the focus of this article.

Why do so many in this life fail to believe in themselves?

Belief in God or a supreme deity is one thing, but the other half of the equation is belief in yourself - knowing that you can do whatever is needed from you in life... whatever you set your mind to.

The purpose of this article is to dispel the longstanding myth of helplessness that many humans hold throughout their own personal lives.

People are indeed slaves in this world, and one of the primary shackles that keeps the herd in place is the myth that one person can do nothing against the machine that enslaves them.

The shackle goes like this... "What can I do? I'm just one person."

This article is here to not only dispel that notion, but to shatter it.

We've all heard about the power of positive thinking. Many people swear by this personal philosophy as a belief, as if it were a religion, but there is also an opposite train of thought, that we are but just one person, one lone individual with perceived limitations when left on our own.

The fact is, nothing could be further from the truth.

As a leap of faith, I'm willing to bet that many of our human insecurities and uncertainties have been indoctrinated into the herd, as a form of social control, because when people are left to themselves, most feel somewhat or quite vulnerable.

The bottom line is that we are left with this huge dichotomy of mankind - the ability to stand up and fight, to achieve and do great things, versus laying down and giving up, becoming captive to our insecurities and fears.

In psychological terms it's commonly known as "fight or flight."

As an oligarchal ruler, your job becomes much easier when the sheeple you lead are insecure in their own abilities to stand and fight, or to lead.

As a matter of fact, Solomon Asch showed us that few people indeed have the hutzpah to say the emperor is naked. It's a well documented fact that roughly one in four people have the inner confidence to do so.

Confidence is the key word there, because the research didn't show a lack of reason. What it essentially revealed was a lack of confidence from people to act on their own reason.

Asch did experiments where he would have fifteen people in the room, participating in a basic question and answer session, but actually only one person was being studied, because the other fourteen were in on the experiment.

The person being tested was always last, or near last to answer, so that they were exposed to the answers of the other 14 participants.

The idea was to see if people would "follow the herd," as Le Bon  and Trotter showed, or stand comfortable in their own reason and intellect. In 3 out of 4 instances, the single person always sided with the crowd, the other 14 study participants.

This sad, yet well researched and documented experiment, exposed a huge fallibility in the human animal. (As did the Milgram experiments years later.)

There are many people who do know better when it comes to reasoning the truth, but for whatever internal social reasons, they aren't confident enough to stand up and challenge the herd - to rock the boat, and step beyond the perceived societal norm.

Because of this, the end result is a society that is hampered with 3/4ths sheeple, and only 1/4th who possess the ability to lead.

For all intents and purposes, there is nothing different from those 1/4th to the other 3/4ths of society... they all have two arms, two legs, ten fingers, ten toes, etc, etc... other than the fact that they believe in their own singular ability to reason for themselves.

In reality, what it all comes down to is individual confidence and courage.

The next hurdle is to dispel the myth that it's impossible for one person to accomplish anything.

If I only had one dollar for every time that someone said in a defeatist tone, "Well, what can I do about it? I'm just one person."

I would certainly have a lot more money. That's for sure.

That overly simplified analogy isn't meant to be trite. It's just meant to punctuate a point, that we all recognize that phrase, and we all know many, many people in our lives who've used such a baseless submission of defeat at one point or another.

The truth of the matter is, the power of one carries much more power than most people know. (3 out of 4 people, for sure.)

The facts are glaring. History is chock-full of examples of the power of one, in both good and bad - one person, who was able to make a difference.

As a start, one need only examine the ancient religious texts that society literally worships and places its moral foundations upon.

First and foremost, whether you call the creator of life and the universe as God, YHVW, Jehovah, Allah, Buddha, or the "big bang," life as we know it has its origin from one source.

As for the power of one in ancient religious texts, the examples are many...

  • David (slayed Goliath)
  • Noah (rebuilt the human race)
  • Moses (freed a nation from slavery)
  • Jesus (offered the world new hope)
  • Mohammed (created a great nation)

This is almost too easy.

We could go on and on with many noted historical examples of the power of one within the theological realm, but for some that's an argument of another world and belief, part of the supernatural, so let's instead move out of the religious aspect and stick with just non-theological history.

We've certainly had many non-religious figures in history who've grasped the power of one...

  • Genghis Kahn
  • Alexander the Great
  • Julius Caesar
  • Napoleon
  • Adolph Hitler

Unfortunately, these single persons, on their own, turned the world upside down.

Thankfully, history is also full of people who helped turn the world right-side up.

  • Gandhi (peace, the concept of Satyagraha)
  • Andrew Jackson (killed the 2nd National Bank)
  • Albert Einstein (composed theory of relativity)
  • Nicola Tesla (developed scalar, wireless technology)
  • Ida Tarbell (exposed Rockefeller and Standard Oil)
  • Gen. Smedley D. Butler (broke up 1933 US fascist coup)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. (a courageous voice of hope)
  • Rosa Parks (race equality; refused to give up bus seat)
  • Mother Theresa (called attention to the poor)
  • Daniel Ellsberg (released the Pentagon papers)
  • Bev Harris (revealed HAVA fraud, electronic vote hacking)
  • Edward Snowden (released info on NSA spying)

You could easily add more to this list, tenfold, yet some might say that these are perhaps just extraordinary figures unto themselves.

I would argue otherwise, because ordinary people are capable of great things.

Every single day, there are many scenarios that happen where regular everyday people somehow find it within themselves to step up in some form of crisis or emergency - to step beyond their comfort zone,  and do the right thing.

Doing great things is not reserved for great people.

That is a myth in itself.

When ordinary people see others doing difficult and extraordinary things, they generally tend to perceive those people as great, outstanding individuals, but it has to be said that in all reality, great things and great actions are not held solely for the strongest among us, but also for the meek, and the weakest among us.

Anyone is capable of great things, if they put their minds to it.

  • Helen Keller (blind, deaf, mute)
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt (polio)
  • Max Cleland (war amputee)
  • Physicist Stephen Hawking (crippled, wheelchair-bound)

People are confronted every day of their life with moments where they have to decide whether to step up, or step down.

So, what motivates you to do extraordinary things?

What motivates you to care?

What moves you to action, to do something about the situation?

Morality and integrity can both be a litmus test for motivation, but you also need good old fashioned gumption. The balls to do the right thing. The backbone to not back down.

It is often said that fear is the great catalyst in life.

As hard as that may be to admit for some, it's an undeniable truism, that has stood long, over time, however... it just sounds so wrong, to say that the motivation in life, the desire to "live," is driven out of fear.

The bottom line is, it is an inherent self-preservation trait, one that eventually motivates most species to instinctive action, either defensively or offensively.

Limiting one's self with the defeatist attitude, that you're "just one person," is irrefutably counterproductive to achieving the change you'd like to see in this world.

That's exactly how the overlords of society, "the powers that be," (TPTB) want you to think, that you can't make a difference.

I don't know how anyone can have hope, without an underlying belief in themselves - that they have the ability to do the right thing, when it needs to be done.

Once you "believe" - everything becomes possible.

Hopefully, after looking at the subject in this light, you can undeniably see that the power of one is truly a formidable force to be reckoned with in the universe.

The Influence in life is undeniable, so why do we continually deny it?

The fact is, one always influences the other. That's how everything in life works.

The older you get in life, zipping around the galaxy on this gigantic rock called earth, you eventually come to recognize that everything starts with one.

That's where YOU come in... ONE person... because one person can make a difference.

It's happened over and over again, down through history.

The cool thing is, someone of everyday normal life, WILL impact the world today, and tomorrow as well. That much is a certainty.

The question is, will it be you?

Learning to swim in deep water is a difficult thing to grasp on the fly, but it sure is an immediate motivator. It's certainly not the preferred way to learn, but sometimes you do what you have to do.

The other side of the coin is, some people need to take their time, and work into their activism. Not everyone is ready to jump into the deep end, but they can always start out by at least getting their foot in the water, and getting it wet, because none of us are guaranteed tomorrow in this life.

At the very minimum, you should at least be prepared to talk. Help educate others as to what is really going on in the world, because talk is what the TPTB fear the most.

Quit taking the abuse for crying out loud. Stand up and fight back.

The heavily-moneyed powers in this world have spent to the hilt on a multi-billion dollar media disinformation and propaganda machine to keep you from knowing the truth. The last thing they want is for society to start knowing and understanding what they've been up to all along. 

They have created distractions of every kind, to keep you lulled into a state of passivity - always thinking that "someone else will fix it."

It's time that people come to grips with the fact that someone else might not always be there to step up.

They say that "charity starts at home." I would add "courage" to that saying as well.

Most importantly, in any of the issues that we face today, all of them are far more conquerable when the power of one, becomes the power of many.

Once again, one always influences the other, and one always leads to another as well. It's just the way that life and the learning process work.

Most revolutionary ideas start with one person; one idea, one dream... that eventually spreads its way to the many.

Whether it be through new invention, or through revolutionary ideals, such as philosophical, social, or political ideology, there is always one person to start the ball rolling.

Consider that the roaring fire does not come about on its own. It takes ignition, from one lone, single spark to light the flame.

Mass communication and word-of-mouth are the tools to carry that flame, the torchbearers in today's society.

These are powerful forces for TPTB to quell in trying to keep a secret, so talk is an essential component in overcoming mass oppression. You have to educate and motivate others, for them to become involved and get active.

Sadly, one human trait that stands out as a given in this world, is the fact that people are generally motivated to action, only once it affects them.

The key then, to turning this world around, is get people to recognize what's actually happening to them behind their backs, but it's also to motivate people to action before they themselves are affected. It's essentially the Niemoller Principal - stand up and fight for others, before it happens to you.

If people only worked as hard at convincing their friends and neighbors that the uber-rich are the real problem, as the uber-rich do in trying to convince the rest of us that terrorists hate us for our freedoms, we would all be much further along in regaining control of our own destiny here on this planet. 

They say that God has an army of his own on this earth - people willing to do the right thing - one willing to help the many. Hopefully, for humanity's sake, you are one of those people.

The power of one never relishes in itself. It is always humble and serves the many.

The best thing about the power of one, is that one plus one creates the many, and when you have more than one... willing to fight for the many... you have a powerful force that TPTB have always feared.

This is why they work so hard to divide us with race, religion and politics... to keep us from coming together, as ONE.

Only you can decide if you are willing to reach from within and make that commitment, to step up when needed, and do the right thing.

The power of one is within you. It's in each and every one of us.

The only issues being... number one, when you're ready to finally recognize it, and number two, when you're ready to act upon it.

The most important point to understand is that the power of one never restricts itself with, "But what can I do? I'm just ONE."

The power of one is the realization that one person can make a difference. Once you know and understand that simple truth, you have to embrace it as part of your life going forward, because it's a huge key to taking your life back.

Every great idea has a starting point, ONE single source.

Always remember, one spark starts the fire.

It's up to you as to whether or not you will be the ignition point.

The power of one happens, once you've finally decided to step up, and try to make a positive difference for the many, even if it is on your own.

Don't be afraid. Believe in yourself.

Believe in yourself to do the right thing... because it's the right thing to do.

As Gandhi once said, "Be the change that you wish to see in the world."

Stand up to TPTB. The only way to make the playground bully stop is to finally stand up to them, otherwise they just keep taking your lunch money and kicking sand in your face.

You have to eventually say, "enough is enough," if you want real change in this world.

The thought of this author is... you can't bitch about the world unless you're willing to do something about it.

The world needs heroes, now more than ever, but to be a hero, you have to selflessly step up, and also believe in the power of one.

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