Exploring Human Potential

DAILY CHOICE: Powerful vs. Powerless



What could be worse than knowing what’s right and not having the power to accomplish it? How about having the power and trampling others without thought or purpose? Power is expressed by those with values, weak and strong alike. Power is as soon the companion of rudeness as goodness. Actions do discriminate while words may not. Those on the side of the good without the might, must bide their time, relying on the strength of their ideas to rise as the weakness of their opponents’ ideas fall. When that time arises, the accumulated passion and strength of purpose exposes the full power and allows the idea and it’s creator to prevail against opponents whose only purpose is their own self-importance. If not successful at first start, the ability to avert destruction today will make them stronger tomorrow. Tyrants are both evil and powerful. When they die, power is relinquished. Martyrs are both good and powerful. When they die, their power is enhanced.


This is the worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing.
When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.
African sayingRudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.
Eric Hoffer If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.
John F. Kennedy If you can’t bite down, don’t show your teeth.
Old saying

A good indignation brings out all one’s powers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.
T. S. Eliot

What does not destroy me makes me strong.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The tyrant dies and his rule is over; the martyr dies and his rule begins.
Soren Kierkegaard


DAILY CHOICE is an online resource, designed for daily personal reflection, and drawn from The Book of Choices: A Treasury of Insights for Personal and Professional Growth by Mike Magee.
ABOUT “The Book of Choices”:
What defines the life of an individual? Above all, our lives are shaped by the thousands of choices, large and small, that we make each day. These choices, not chance, are the building blocks of our lives. “The Book of Choices” is a beautifully designed bedside book of reflections based on 77 decision areas, embracing the myriad challenges and choices human beings face. It distills the wisdom of hundreds of history’s greatest thinkers, teachers, and doers. Take their words as guiding lights as you chart your course each day towards personal and professional growth.
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