Of Empowerment

Empowerment is a word that sits enigmatically between the dictionary pages. The mystery surrounding this word (empowerment) and the continuous apathy of humanity towards building a positive culture have failed miserably. Weakness is a human trait; it becomes ferociously pronounced when it comes to presenting power to someone.

Power is a sensitive word that is stifled in the clenched fists of a coward. Mention of power can inspire an individual in an adversarial manner; the quest for this delusional property has fouled the history of humanity. It all starts with megalomaniac struggles, which then becomes an obsessive pursuit of suppressing the masses to become a tyrannical monarch.

Waves of anti-intellectualism have washed away the culture of critical thinking to intentionally dislodge the territories of rational thinking that could have established a strong democratic society. This destructive phenomenon starts by suppressing the philosophy, psychology, and literature that empowers young minds to question and disrupt wrongdoings in society.

Those who pose as intellectuals are unnerved by real intellectuals, thus, starts an ugly tussle between the real champions of empowerment and those who wish to use that ideology to send a conflicting signal to the masses.

The former, the poseurs, use this to take an unhealthy moralistic approach to discriminate and classify people. Disuniting people have been the ploy to survive the intellectual onslaught, thus, establishing a fragile (the corrupt power of antiestablishment) to misguide generations.

The apathy towards true intellectuals and their vilification is due to the continual conditioning of impressionable minds, who can grow up to ask corrupt questions and follow orders of a delusional monarch.

Without a well-established intellectual society, there will be frequent threats of disruptions and agitations. Seeking empowerment will be seen as snatching away of power from the narcissistic establishments.

Erasing the scope for any intellectual discussion in philosophy, Arts, creativity, literature, and science has resulted in a disproportionate development; a development that isn’t sustainable, but can only destabilize lives of people, by pushing them beyond their limits to remain busy against their will. In this scenario, the true intellectuals are perceived to be the malaise which is thought to be taking a moralistic stand against the so-called rapid development.

The networks of marketing models and mass production ‘deliver the goods’ (read the double entendre here) easily available for consumption. A lucrative symbiotic relationship where one cannot choose not to be a part of. Choosing populism over intellectualism has become a movement that has become bigger and stronger than ever.

It’s unfortunate that we have chosen a counterrevolutionary measure over real revolutionary ideas of empowerment. When education becomes expensive and diluted with conflicting ideologies, it deprives the eager students of empowering knowledge.

Here, we have to understand that defining intellectualism and elitism in similar attitude is a grave fallacy. The right to knowledge and freedom to establish institutions for propagating them to create a sustainable future should not be perceived to be anti-establishment.

Such erroneous ideas have permeated the psyche and there is a constant conflict of perceptions, which spills over to violent protests. Wisdom and knowledge are seen through the veil of jealousy. The degradation of language and literature are dangerous for formulating profound philosophy for developmental education.

The neoliberal culture has initiated a shift and gradual rift and has shifted the locus of power. Without the real intention to empower, we have created a rather catalytic idea that is destabilising the philosophical and rational sensibilities. Competitions have redefined the priorities of humanity and can be seen more of devolution. In the blind rage of anti-intellectualism, spare a thought for the immense destruction of the environment for real empowerment.

~Amitav

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5 thoughts on “Of Empowerment

  1. I was once a member of a group with an intent to empower the people that we would be speaking to. In order to shut that idea down, one amongst us piped in: “Is empowerment even a word?” as if the bring that thought to an end. I have found that the spellchecker often doesn’t recognize the word empowerment either, as if its omission assures that it can’t be had. Nothing could be more false.

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    1. The archaic form of ’empower’ is ‘impower’ so we can gauge the intention of the word. Well, As you have mentioned about the group being formed, I believe, we can only if we share knowledge without greed and obfuscation of real knowledge, then we can progress. We must be aware of real intentions.

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