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
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
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
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
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.)
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
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
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
As a start, one need only examine the ancient
religious texts that society literally worships and places its
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
- 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
- Albert Einstein (composed theory of
- Nicola Tesla (developed scalar, wireless
- Ida Tarbell (exposed Rockefeller and
- 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
- Daniel Ellsberg (released the Pentagon
- Bev Harris (revealed HAVA fraud,
electronic vote hacking)
- Edward Snowden (released info on NSA
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
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
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,
People are confronted every day of their life
with moments where they have to decide whether to step up, or
So, what motivates you to do extraordinary
What motivates you to care?
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
It is often said that fear is the great catalyst in
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
That's exactly how the overlords of society,
"the powers that be," (TPTB) want you to think,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
one spark starts the fire.
It's up to you as to whether or not you will be the ignition
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
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.