Bernie Anderson
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The 100 Pound Puppy

Power dynamics are tricky for those who live in majority culture (and Western culture). We don't understand our own strength.

We're like a 100-pound puppy who assumes everyone around him is the same. He jumps on the 60-pound child, hoping to play, but mainly topples the kid to the ground and makes him cry.

We must learn awareness. Particularly awareness of our power and privilege.

Because, whether we believe it or not, it's real.

“Power is meant to be shared with the goal of empowering others. Hoarded power weakens others and exalts oneself. Power ... serves others by liberating them. It acknowledges that people bear the image of God and treats them in a way that will nurture the development of that image. In so doing, we honor their Creator.”
— Duane Elmer