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  • Justice and power must be brought together,
    so that whatever is just may be powerful,
    and whatever is powerful may be just.

    - Blaise Pascal

    This question of power! Most of us are taught that power lies in the command over lives and resources. But power, as the world defines it, too easily becomes an obsession that hovers like fog, blinding men and obscuring their sense of higher purpose, so that they go astray.

    Increasingly, I have come to question this notion of power as defined in terms of getting, having, and controlling. Can it be that real power is quite the opposite of what we have been led to believe, and that the greatest power lies in the ability to do without, to let go, and beyond this, to give, to share, and to create?

    For who can be said to have greater power, in the ultimate sense, than someone whose worldly needs are few? Or who can be said to have greater power than the poet, the artist, the mystic, the inventor and the pioneer, who are responsible to themselves alone for their choices, and whose chief goal in their work is the fulfillment and sharing of their unique humanity?

    (Photograph by Alex at Tempura Island, in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life)
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