We are all familiar with the scene, Uncle Ben is sitting in a car, with Peter Parker next to him, and he tells Peter “With great power comes great responsibility.”
…But think about the opposite. Think about the catch-phrase from the new movie “Kick-Ass” (which is a great movie by the way).
With no power comes no responsibility.
The question is, “Is it true?”
Face it, we aren’t born with the ability to leap over skyscrapers, run faster than bullets, or (in the case of Batman) a trillion dollars to do whatever we want with. Put simple we are powerless.
So, since we’re powerless, are we responsibility-less as well? Are we exempt from trying to better the world? Are we exempt from saving our fellow man? Are we exempt from trying to make the next generation better than the one that came before it?
If you really think about it you certainly don’t have a responsibility to better the world. You’re off the hook! That starving girl in Africa or India, you have no responsibility to better her life. You’re off the hook! That old lady (senior citizen) at the supermarket, you have no responsibility to help her with her groceries or hold the door for her. You’re off the hook! All those people who read your blog, you have no responsibility to keep on publishing thought provoking content for them on a daily basis. You’re off the hook!
… Except you’re wrong. You are responsible. All because of one tiny detail.
You have great power.
Yes, dare I say it, you are powerful. You aren’t powerful in the sense of being able to stop bullets with your hands, but you are powerful in the sense that you have the power to change things. And believe me, the power to change things is one of the most underestimated powers in the world (how many opportunities will arise where you have to stop bullets with your bare-hands anyways?).
You have the power to change that little girl’s life for the better by donating less than 1% of your income. You have the power to change that lady’s day and make it a little brighter by decided that three seconds of your life is nothing compared to helping her get through the day a little easier. You have the power to change your blog readers’ lives one post at a time by letting them know that society is wrong, they can do what they love for a living (it just requires hard-work).
You also have the power of technology. No one with an access to a computer and the internet should say that they don’t have power. With the internet you have the power to make your voice reach the ears (and hearts) of millions. You have the power to talk to someone half a world away. You have the power to get an Ivy-League education for practically nothing. You have the power to start your own business from the comfort of your home (just look at Amazon, Threadless, and all the Probloggers out there). And over time you’ll also gain the power of knowledge and wisdom (which needs no explanations).
And as technology continues to improve and become more accessible to the common man, you can no longer ignore it; you have a lot of power. Now the only question left is
What are you going to do with it?