Power is in the motion

Physics simplifies things by giving us little functional definitions for complex terms, such as power:
“power is the rate at which work is performed or energy is converted”
The key word we’re going to focus on today is “rate.” A rate is how fast something changes, how fast something moves.
Simply put, power requires motion.
But it doesn’t seem like a lot of people translate what is very simply defined in physics to their day to day lives.
In a more social sense, power is usually mistaken for control. And control is usually mistaken for something static, keeping things the same, no changes. You can see this error at work in one of the most powerful mover and shaker of human society, religion.
Most of the population of humans on the world subscribe to some orthodox faith. And usually the orthodoxy are very prone to a “don’t ask questions, don’t try to change things, lets all try and keep things how they were back in the golden ages of our history.”
Another powerful force in human society is culture, specifically the concept of a tradition. Cultural traditions and religion share that same sort of “let’s all try and keep things as they are, the old times were the good times” mentality.
What’s interesting is that the current rigid orthodox religions are developed from pivotal moments in history where single people, prophets, brought giant changes and messages of change to specific regions of the world.
You can also observe the resistance against change on a more personal level. How much change do you resist on small and large scales throughout your day and life? How often do you think back to the “golden times” of your youth? How much of your life is spent in attaining control of your finances, weight, children, life situation? And what is that final outcome you’re seeking? What is peace and happiness to you? Is it a stable job, uncomplaining kids, a comfortably familiar spouse?
True power comes from motion, from change.
In physics, there is a direct correlation between the quantity of power and the rate of change, the speed. The faster the motion, the more power there is.
I believe that this is true in life as well. In business seminars they tell you that it’s the ones who are quick to act on opportunities who are the ones most likely to succeed.
In anthropology, they tell you that human beings are actually designed for quick change and fast motion, on a rational level. The evolution of our large brain, from the early hominids to the current homo sapiens, occurred largely due to the frequently dramatic shifting climate during the era of early man. This created the biological need for rapid changes in behavioral patterns and adaptability for survival.
But power corrupts, right?
Does it? Just like guns kill people, drugs destroy people’s lives, and money is the root of all evil, power corrupts.
One outcome of having a static, change resistive mentality is the habit of blaming any unwanted change on outside forces. It isn’t absolutely true that we have no one or no thing to blame except ourselves. Drugs are addictive, guns are dangerous, money does create opportunity for greed, and power does bring out the worst in people. But I believe that it’s our resistance to change that exacerbates negative consequences. The more we try to control, the more out of control things become.
Again we can look to physics to guide us. Power, physics says, is the natural outcome of the motion. Commutatively, to get any movement, you require power. Translated to social situations, any change in the individual or groups of individuals requires power. Examples of power may be brute strength, rationality, love, spirituality, fear, inspiration, and any other reason that moves a person to act. There’s nothing inherently sinister about power. It can be abused by man just like money or food.
The main point that I want to make is that:
No motion, no power. No power, no motion. And in life, we are either living or we’re dying. There is no such thing as status quo in this reality.


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