With great power, comes great responsibility.
When I reflect upon this quote I cant help but to imagine the scene from Spiderman, when his dad with authority tells Spiderman, “with great power, comes great responsibility”.
Now obviously Akon has no super powers like spider man, but for millions of people Akon is a hero. His power to love and care literally provided power to about 600 million people in Africa. Personally I believe that Akon’s quote true intention is to point out that because he possesses more than most, he is required to do more. This verse talks nothing about excluding oneself from doing good or helping others simply because most of us wont ever have nearly as much as a celebrity of his magnitude. Akon’s words are intended to explain that like everyone else he is doing what he can with what he has. We can all emulate his behavior with the power we all already have, the power that life gives us. Millions in the bank are not required for us the not as fortunate economically, to change someone’s day around for the better.
Out of curiosity I looked up the Average salaries of Americas Top earners as well as the middle class and this is what I found.
Celebrities Average Salary= $10-3 Million Annually.
CEO’s Average Annual Salary=$650 Thousand Annually
Middle Class Average Salary = $30.6 Thousand Annually
In Africa it is said that so many people live with under one dollar a day. Just imagine if all the millions of Americans listed above distributed or donated 10% of all their money to establish electricity not just for one sector in Africa, but the whole entire continent. This could be done with less than a 5% of the income from the richest individuals in our society. Some people in the top 1% earners have so much cash, that they themselves could make all the difference themselves.
So what is happening today that causes us to want to hoard all the blessings to ourselves?? Many say that America will have to be shaken crisis after crisis until we finally realize that we are all interconnected and interdependent. And only then, when the earth has shaken loud enough and hard enough, and millions in America become affected by the decaying global conditions, will we be able to FINALLY look at our neighbor as our brother and as our responsibility in order to sustain life in this planet. Lets change our mindset and our hearts like Akon changed his mindset and his heart so that together we can change and preserve this magical and wonderful world.
Collaboration between Valeria Ochoa and Juan Angulo