Power.  What usually comes to mind upon hearing that word?  A king sitting on his mighty throne, or muscular individual perched on a throne of the less-fortunate?  Or, perhaps a combination of the two?  Either way, power isn’t something that special people possess.  Every one of us has potential in various forms.  However, how we maintain that power decides overall how “powerful” we really are.

Parent’s, for instance, generally have authority over their children.  Because of this, children see them as oppressive and demanding.  Ironically, these sorts of parents are more loving than others (most of the time).  These parents can control their power to put their children in tip-top shape.  Parents like that of Pjua and Ajay, however, have little care for their own.  Literally, the children were sold for a measly $30, all because they couldn’t control their alcohol addiction.  You see, their parents did have power of some sorts.  However, they did not even try to touch it, harming children who could’ve had the potential to become something great.  Now they’re probably working as a slave of sorts, not being able to live an actual childhood just because their parents couldn’t live without a sip of whisky.

Still, it is necessary for elders to guide the young rather than claim authority over them.  As an illustration, Charles was forced into a Uganda rebel group at the young age of 8.  It’s ironic, isn’t it?  Adults strive to grow yet they still have childish minds.  What I mean by this is that when children feel oppressed, they want to feel a sort of jurisdiction themselves.  Thus, they find something that’s easily “controllable” for them to boss around.  In this case, Uganda rebels feel more dominant by putting the young in the front lines of the battlefield.  To make matters worse, neither the children or the adults know the proper techniques of the battlefield, leading to all sorts of casualties.  They could have easily controlled their power to become stronger themselves rather than relying on the young, but they must’ve lost control to the point where they were incompetent themselves.

Children aren’t the only victims of maltreatment.  Many young (and sometimes even old) adults have countlessly been forced into something they did not sign up for.  People are so eager to gain “power” that they would use even the life of multiple human beings to get there.  Vannark prum was, unfortunately, duped by such people.  Prum simply wanted to find money to support his future family.  On the other hand, a human trafficker wanted some quick cash, and Prum was an easy target.  Thus, the caring husband was enslaved, even going so far as to being charged as an illegal immigrant when trying to bring forth the true crime of the situation.  Here, the police aren’t able to control their power.  They did have a part in Prum’s enslavement, meaning they let the power of money get to them.  It’s is really sad to think about.  A task force originally made to oppose corruption is corrupted themselves, all because they couldn’t control themselves from being greedy.

The point I’m trying to make is that people don’t really try to control and manifest the power that they have.  People like dictators and human traffickers let their power go rampant to satisfy their own needs without a thought for the people around them.  However, the people who don’t use their power end up overrun by something else.  So, it is very important to realize that you have power and to carefully cultivate it.  Just like how Uncle Ben tells Peter Parker in Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

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