Reflections on empowerment

Do not underestimate the desire to think and learn. You know what Parmenides said — thinking and being are the same.

Do not underestimate the wonder in discovering a new sentiment or passion. Don’t you remember the first time you fell in love?

Do not underestimate the value of learning a new activity, or acquiring the ability to tackle a new task. These things can transform lives.

Do not underestimate the human need to be and belong. To say ‘I am…’ and have that mean something… It gives meaning to life.

What do these experiences have in common? They are all forms of empowerment.

No one knows what they are capable of thinking, feeling, doing, or being. No one knows the true extent of their powers. The adventure of life is to find out.


  1. Thank you for these words…a reflection for me during this period of remaining irresolute.

  2. just wanted to thank you also…

    • Thank Annie. I think empowerment is an important idea. Sometimes people shy away from it because it is perceived to be bound-up with business literature. My take on empowerment is Nietzschean, I guess. I think that empowerment is all about capability, or capacity to exist. If you think about empowerment this way, it becomes a very practical theme, which is easily applied to all sorts of people in all sorts of situations. Tim

  3. it struck a very personal chord when I read it – and it was empowering just reading it…
    I’d been looking at various courses (including your philosophy for change – oops too late this time!) and finding all sorts of reasons not to do any of them…….this short piece of writing is all the encouragement needed to potentially transform my life !! 🙂

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