visible power really exist
I don´t know if the Finnish word “pakina” has a
counterword in English. One dictionary suggests the word causerie. A
native British member of our club didn´t recognize that word at all.
I´ll still try to write a "pakina" in English.
I wrote in May 2006 on these pages that visible
power no more exists. The most powerful persons hide their power. It
would be too dangerous to point out the real power. If somebody has
power, he (or she) also has powerful and even criminal enemies.
In May 2006 I wrote that the last person, who
really had visible power was the past prime minister of Sweden, Olof
Palme. He was known as the
conscience of the whole world.
We know his unhappy destiny. Of course the first member
of our club, president of Finland, Urho Kaleva Kekkonen, had power, both
visible and invisible. In those days the world was different.
The real power in our days is invisible. The most
powerful people are those who can influence to many others. They are
often artists, for instance writers, painters or actors. Especially
powerful are the cartoon makers. Here in Northern Ostrobothnia one of
the most powerful persons is Jari, the cartoon maker of the newspaper
Kaleva. We all have one vote in political elections. Jari has an effect
on thousands of voters. But only a few people know about Jari more than
his first name.
More power than cartoon makers have only good
pakina writers. This is anyway only an academic matter. In the past we
had some good pakina writers such as Olli (Väinö Nuorteva) and Aapeli (Simo
Puupponen). Nowadays good pakina writers no more exist.
A good friend of mine told me once that the
visible power is in every case so slight that it is worth looking for to
nobody. It is clear that for instance our prime minister, Matti
Vanhanen, has no power at all. He only tells what somebody has told to
him to say in public. We don´t see Vanhanen´s advisors in publicity. The
advisors have real power but that power is invisible.
I have thought that maybe I have mistaken. Perhaps there is a person who
really has visible power also in these days. The new president of US,
Barack Obama, speaks as if he tells his ownthoughts. When president
Obama visited in Prague, he made a very important speech. Obama told
that he really is a great man. He is the man, who brought Michelle Obama
to Prague and that is a great achievement. Perhaps Michelle Obama really
has visible power, and she has it by a very beautiful way.
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