Power + love.
Since I wrote about it last week, this Be The Change card has been coming back almost every morning. This morning again, I shuffled the cards, closed my eyes and picked one.
Power + love.
The card comes with this inspiring quote by Martin Luther King Jr.
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anaemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
For a while now, there have been tensions in my neighbourhood. Someone has stepped over the collective interests to pursue their own benefit. As with many things, they used a legal loophole to achieve their desired outcome. But with that, also came more conflict and tensions.
Looking at the whole situation with the lens that this card, “Power + Love” gives me, I can see that in this situation, the balance is fully tilted towards power.
I have the power to do it, then I do it. If you have the power to stop me, then do it. And so on.
And power, without love, is reckless and abusive.
Love is the missing factor in this equation. But how do I bring love back into the picture?
What does it mean to love more in these circumstances?
These are the questions I’m going to carry with me today.
Power + Love.