I chanced upon Borderless by Indrajeet Dasgupta when a fellow blogger showed me an excerpt of his poem titled Power.
Once upon a time, your muscles defined power,
Then came the plants and machines, and then the cellphone tower.
Now, in the age of information, your muscles don't mean a thing,
The farmers now tend data farms, for data is the new king.
If you know a thing about others, you can sure leverage,
Think of knowing nations together, privacy no more a privilege.
So the powerful now are the ones that know both you and me,
More than our deepest friends and they admit that with glee!
Knowing my secrets makes you powerful, so be it, my social friend,
May my powers be joined with you, till the very end.
For the real power is in joining ranks, dreams and shared vision,
Heed this, not a preach, the world needs our unison.
I read this and I felt an instant connection to the author. It felt like he spoke the words that I have been thinking but holding back from posting out of fear that people wouldn't understand. Indrajeet Dasgupta was able to convey his message clearly and with so few words used.
In the old days, it was all about hard work. If you do hard work, you will reap what you sow and you will have power over your life and destiny. People who worked hard yielded good results and lived the life they wanted. It was all so simple then. You work, you live a good life.
Alas, progress came.
With the onset of the internet and everything being mined by Big Data as well as the Internet of Things, it's no longer what you do but what you know about who you know. Privacy is no longer a thing and everyone freely shares information to others, even things that should be kept to themselves not realizing that they are giving potential enemies the very ammunition they need protection from.
This is the reason why the world is where it is right now; in a state of chaos and unrest. Countries that are at each others throat instead of helping each other out. People looking for what's in it for them instead of what they can do for others. The mindset that it's all about ME, ME, ME, and only ME.
Thankfully, there is still hope as long as there will be another tomorrow. If and when people realize that real power is in joining ranks, dreams and shared vision, the world can become a better place. When people finally acknowledges once more that UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL is not just a quote but a reality, we will be able to turn things around.
When this becomes a reality, only then will we truly have POWER.
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