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Do you feel powerless?

Asked by wundayatta (58563points) October 6th, 2010

I’m talking about power to affect things outside of your personal sphere of influence. Do you think there’s anything you can do to solve the larger problems? Do you think it’s best just to put your head down and hope nothing bothers you?

If you do feel powerless, how do you think the people who do have power got it?

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TexasDude's avatar

Not at all. I feel like I am the master of my own world, and I don’t feel burdened, let down, or anxious about the world in any way.

iamthemob's avatar

I feel totally capable of enacting or assisting in the enactment of change. People who feel powerless shouldn’t be thinking about how the others got power – they should be wondering how they may have lost it…

Trillian's avatar

I have the potential to bring about great change.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Yes, I am powerless over the larger problems that beset the world. I try to do my bit by consciously not littering and controlling how much trash I produce. I am ecologically minded. I give very small donations to help with hunger relief and a few other worthy causes.

One of the greatest things I did that gave me lots of satisfaction was teaching English to immigrants. It was so great to see them learn the everyday language they needed just to get by. They had to learn it all like what to do to get a bank account, how to read prices for the best deal at the supermarkets, how to read menus, etc. But the center closed, and that ended.

crisw's avatar

No, I do not feel powerless. I have, several times, been a part of political change and seen it work.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I definitely dream and act big – I wouldn’t be able to do that if I felt powerless.

BoBo1946's avatar

No, things in my World are controlable. Well, most things.

Cruiser's avatar

If I have or do feel that way, it is momentary as I am very quick to adapt and regain control. You have to or you will go crazy in the process.

thekoukoureport's avatar

There is one area that I am feeling powerless in my life, actually a couple. I was going to start typing about politics but my wife popped in my head. She is sad from her job, the stress is not helping her life, and I am powerless to do anything about it. We have a good life thanks in large part to her hard work and dedication to her(our) family. So it breaks my heart to see her this way and it angers me to no end that I am powerless to do anything about it.

The other is silly but I am a bit crazy anyway so here goes.
I believe that our country is giong in the right direction. I believe that we have a truly great president in office right now! I am a political junkee, all I have done is listen to MSNBC, Glenn Beck, Michael Smirconish and the Philadelphia Inquirer and Fox News Sunday, Meet the Press and the house and Senate on Cspan 1 and 2 to get a well rounded view. But it seems to me that ALL of these places are telling me I AM WRONG. WTF I feel like the only sane man in the NUT HOUSE!!!

On top of it I have hemmoroids! and I am powerless to stop my daily bowel movements. LOL (sorry cheap potty humor)

JilltheTooth's avatar

I’m a firm believer in the “Think Globally; Act Locally” philosophy. I do what I can in my little world and it will impact the bigger one.

palerider's avatar

i don’t know about powerless, sometimes i’m indecisive, though

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Not in general. Like @JilltheTooth, I believe in Think Globally; Act Locally. I used to believe anything could be overcome with attention, resources and love but that went away when I encountered addiction.

mattbrowne's avatar

No. We change the world. No one else.

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