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The three powers

The individual and the populist: Now that I have introduced the idea of story it is necessary to revisit the concept of individual and populist. The individual is one who does not communicate and therefore cannot access the realities of others. This person has a one-on-one discourse with actuality through which their reality is formed. They do not speak, they do not listen. The individualistís entire reality is based on his own individual thoughts, perceptions, and feeling. The populist is a pure communicator. All concepts of reality for a populist derive from communications with others. The populist dwells in the realm of story, he or she listens to others speak and compares this to other stories they have encountered. Actuality filters through to these people via the communicated realities of others. The populistís reality is based on the thoughts, perceptions, and feelings of stories, other conveyed realities. It is not based on a one on one communion with actuality. These definitions differ slightly from the ones I put forward earlier. Again, I repeat myself by saying there is no pure populist or individual. No one is purely alone, no one is entirely disconnected from actuality.

Communicating: It is dual. One side is expression, the other is reception. The perfect communicator is both a flawless listener, able to decode the conveyed story of the speaker and understand it, and also a great orator, able to express their reality perfectly using words, gestures, writing, and images. Communication is about understanding and persuading. Submitting and overpowering. The best stories are those that survive. The realities of an excellent communicator will be more likely to be collectivized than those of the poor communicator. Also, a pure individualís reality will never be collectivized, the populistís will.

The three powers: I think I can now divide power Ė perhaps not the best word, maybe energy or capacity - into three major spheres based on the 3 levels: actuality, reality, and story. The first capacity is perception; that which puts us in touch with actuality and leads us to create a reality. The power to perceive encompasses the senses, thinking, feeling, intuition, and creativity. The power of perception allows us to create a reality. Truth matters in forming a reality, it often helps to have that which best approximates what is Ė what is actual, or at least be aware of divergences.
The second power is communication. It is through communication that we are exposed to realities of other beings and given the means to convey our own realities, all through story. By communicating, power over others can be exercised, societies mobilized, hierarchies established, meaningful connections made, and happiness promoted.
The third power is action. Action can be individual or collective. The individual does not depend on communication to mobilize while collective action does. Action is the ability to put reality and story into effect, to return full circle back to actuality and change things.
An omnipotent omniscient being is he or she who marshals all three powers to the maximum degree.

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