The Extent of Power in Society

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*Essay done today in class as part of a timed write; I'll post the original later, which was from earlier in the year; this essay could be considered better written, although evidence may lean more heavily towards the anecdotal side of evidence...*

Submitted: May 20, 2016

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Submitted: May 20, 2016



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Dan Zuniga


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"To What Extent does power affect me?"

"The Power of My Own of Others to Mine from Theirs"


What we have been given, from the time of our forefathers to the presence of ourselves, we have been told that we can write the story of our own. In truth, however, we are only afforded what hasn't been taken, as in the "p" word, power. I believe that we are only granted these powers according to how society hasn't had the will to predetermine our own structure. Overall, we live with the benefit of being alive; however, it is others who tell us how to live.


We are afforded some measures of power. I can breathe the fresh air, eat the fruits of my labor, sleep under the stars that make the sky, and look upon the world that so many have helped to create. In this world, I am unbound to the streets I walk, the paths I trek, the hills I climb, and the mountains I conquer. Upon the peak, I look out over the world and see what it truly means to be human; to be, in the infinity of the suicide of time, where it kills me only as fast as I would want it to. Based on my connections with both my life and that of what I have learned so far, one such example comes to mind. In the movie The Truman Show, starring main character Truman Burbank, we view the world in which Truman lives is artificial, meaning that it wasn't truly naturally-made, and was designed for the sole purpose of immersion into this utopia for which Truman would grow up for his entire life. That being said, it is not exactly that he was stuck in a box, one that he couldn't move around in at least. Surely there were boundaries, but overall he did have some freedom, being able to act accordingly to a life of conformity and comfort, following the same monotonous routine every day. This is largely indicative of our own world, and one that is followed much like these same boundaries. Despite having a much smaller playing field to start, the world of Truman and everything around him offers a certain level of exploration, and once we see by the end of the film that Truman wishing to escape his "unreal" world to go into the "real," we must remember that it is simply a large fish in a small tank that is being moved to a bigger one. Overall, we do live with some freedoms and excises of power, although often they are few and far between.


There has already been power that has been established so that we are reduced to little twists and turns to navigate. It is quite clear that no matter how much of an impact we are believed to have, this matters little compared to a unique code that has existed for thousands of years, virtually since the time that one man in history thought himself better than another. As we might, these traditions have carried on for quite the amount of time now, and still exists even today as a slightly more pressing concern with each passing year, and grows a greater menace by each day. As such, we take a more modern-day example. In the film Capitalism: A Love Story, director Michael Moore makes allusions to the 2008 Market Crash of homes and businesses; essentially the Second Great Financial Crisis the United States has had within a 100-year period. Based upon the opening of the film, with the police coming to someone's home and forcing them out because the family in question wasn't able to pay their mortgage to the bank that owned the house, we see the power structure in play here. In essence, the banks represent the established power, and the family in question represents the struggle to navigate the turnpikes set up by the estsablished power. Granted that you run head-first into one of these turnpikes, you then have trouble getting back to your feet; this is very characteristic of anything with establsihed power; government, the media, religion. They appear different, but they are in fact very similar, and as such, these pillars of power also happen to tell us how to live as well.


It is the powers above us, and oftentimes the powers equal to us as well, that tell us how to live. We see the existence of government as a form of protecting the people from dangers the government was meant to create. We see the existence of media as an outlet of comfort and realization in our world when really this media is first to point out our flaws. We see the existence of religion as a way of life and a code to honor, when this consistent threat has led to millions of deaths for the presence of an all-being who, coincidentally, possesses all of the power in the universe. It is also strange how we have been so ingrained within these ideas so that we would be willing to defend these pillars at any moment, for in fact they are built upon the backs of ourselves. Even though many would willingly say they dislike the creations of our own, we still live under the laws of a country. Us, the people, and most especially in the United States, tune in every night to our shows, or buy the newest People Magazine, or share in the juiciest gossip. Then, when we are done, we strap up in a monkey suit and saddle over to the mega-churches and pray to the all-mighty to send down a morsel of power; or as we might call it, "a second chance." To think that we need to beg for power and that it is a constant fight against one another to secure it is the worst thing to happen in history since Xanadu the Musical. I identify as a clock, and I say it is time to stop.


Well, we've prepped and gotten ready for the wave of power, tightened our grip on the surfboard, and we bout to hit a sick wave; nope, just a stutter. Overall, we are given these bounded powers to live and are basic human rights that should be granted to everyone. However, they are not, and only according to the pillars of power will they ever move; it will be difficult, however, because those same pillars are supported by those who follow it, and allow the power to continue to be unequally divided. In other words, you and I. So, what to do then? Protest? Riot? Sit and wait for the world to change, and listen to washed-up songwriters and artists preach their opinion after ten years in stasis? Might as well, since we don't have the power to change it. Go, break some eggs and listen to Nickelback, type up a song about depression on some forgotten blogsite, maybe update your Myspace from 2005. Just never let the pillars fall on you once they topple.


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