"Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity."
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Who does - and does not - have power?
What are the different types and sources of power?
What does our response to power tell us about our character - and about the nature of power?
Why do we - intentionally or otherwise - participate in perpetuating a single story of individual people, places, or groups of people?
Too often, the word "power" conjures up images of political might or the amazing abilities of superheroes. When I think of my own power, as a teacher, brother, son, and friend, I tend to think about the responsibility that comes with it. But one thing is for sure: power has a significant impact on all of our lives.
When we study power in class, we will look at not only how to get and keep it, but also how to prevent people from using it against you. The readings in this unit, though they often explore the darker side of power, invariably emphasize how we can respond to the various types of power and bring a little more light into our lives and the world.
You have more passion and power inside than you might realize. Maybe it's time to flip the switch.