Power and Institutional Change
What are they?
“Long-held customs or practices.” “Organizations founded on religious, educational, social or cultural beliefs for a purpose…..to promote a cause.”
Society is held together by institutions. People rally around commonly held beliefs and values. But, enter even one question, one challenge, and a threat to these emerges: change.
Changes made outside of one’s own realm of power can be gut-wrenching when they directly impact what one has been lulled into thinking are necessary institutions in one’s own life. People scramble for power over such institutions and, in these times, leaving valuable individuals in their wake is of less and less consequence.
If you have been left in such a wake, it can really do a number on your sense of self-worth, your perception of your relative worth, and your perception of the relative worth of everything you have been born to, worked toward and achieved. You can be made to feel like a casualty. Putting the inevitable anxiety all this causes “into a box” takes it out of your body to a place where such havoc can no longer be wreaked on either your soul or your psyche. Naming the cause, and then dispensing with it, also removes your toxic connection to those who have been party to it. You can begin, anew, and maintain a neutral position with all entities. No one person, place, or thing has power over your life but you and your God. Relinquishing the errant belief that the power rests anywhere else is the truest freedom.
Meantime, there are those who put all their trust in institutions. These are they who grasp after preserving them, at all costs. Fear drives the belief that without them, society will collapse and, with it, everything invested. And, such fear is driven by another belief, one which errantly teaches that society defines us as individuals. Certain political ideologies come to mind, here. But, a durable society must be populated by strong and fearless individuals.
Granted, as soon as institutions are threatened, catastrophe is imminent. Casualties are possible. But, catastrophe is defined as major change. Don’t die just because some outside source with its own agenda has dispensed with you. Weather the upheaval. Personal rebirth can be a glorious thing.