The Power of One

number_one.jpgWe are all familiar with the saying “the power of one.” Upon hearing these words, we naturally, immediately think of examples of one person making a huge difference as did Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. And then there was the unknown rebel student who captured the world’s imagination when he singlehandedly stopped the advance of the Chinese Army tanks in Tienanmen square in 1989.

Less thought about is the power of one to do tremendous damage. The world has had its Hitlers and other despots who wreak such havoc. Even today there are examples of those whose hands wield the power for evil. In such cases, we need the power of many to stop the madness — but often the many seem powerless and we must hope for the power of one.