A Complete Sense of Power

Everything indicates that human beings, that all of us, are conceived, and most of us are born, with a complete sense of power—the expectation that the universe will be responsive to our wishes. We are given an enormous voice that adults are observably required to respond to. (You cannot have a child in a meeting and expect the speaker to be paid attention to at all, whether the child is happy or unhappy.) If intelligent adults could be available at the child’s call, the newborn infant would be completely powerful.

Harvey Jackins
From the 1986 Peace and
Disarmament Activists' Workshop

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