Most people don't think of themselves as powerful at all. But most
of us have a lot of power, both physical and interpersonal.
Consider how the following would seem to someone from 150 years ago:
I can get in my car, harnessing under my personal control the power of over
100 horses, and drive to a city 100 miles away in under two hours. In that
person's time, the trip would have taken a day or more.
I can pick up my telephone, and by dialing a series of digits, be connected
immediately to almost any city or town in the world.
Upon presentation of a credit card, I can travel by car, airplane, and rent-a-car
to any place in this country in about half a day, and any place in the settled
world within three days.
In my house, I have an electric refrigerator, some window air conditioners,
a washing machine, a dryer, a dishwasher, and a garbage disposal unit. The
electric refrigerator became common only in the 1920's and 1930's, and the
other items since World War II.
I am almost within less than 20-minutes' travel from guaranteed medical care
of a quality that was not available even to kings or presidents when I was
In my home, I can see images and/or hear sounds from around the world,
experiencing them simultaneously with their occurrence, or later if I prefer.
I can receive them through the air, by television cable, or via the Internet.
Why do so many people in my situation consider themselves poor, powerless
victims? By historical and current worldwide standards, we are both
powerful and rich.