Week Three Blog
The Material Power Model tells us that you need money to get power and in turn you need things to confirm that power. People are considered powerful if they have money and if they are in the right position. The majorities of people in the U.S do not live lavish lives and do not have the money to spend on anything other than the necessities. Therefore those who have power have had the money to begin with; they are usually born into powerful families. Rarely do lower and middle class citizen’s work up to the power position. Society has instilled limits on who can gain power and who cannot. The powerful gain much of their power by exploiting others, especially the lower class, women and minorities who work for very little to make goods that the powerful depend on. Society also tells us that we need to feel good about how much stuff we have. If we have a lot of stuff then we are doing everything right, if we don’t have a lot of stuff then we are not worthy and we should not be happy. Material possessions give us the false sense of completeness, we are ultimately happy if we have stuff. In reality we are lying to our children when we say money cannot make us happy. According to society, money is the key is to happiness, not working hard, not love, not creativity, but money. Not only does material power define that the upper class is the all mighty, but it also defines what sex will ultimately be the most powerful. In society white men are those who are groomed for power, rarely do we see women or minorities as the powerful ones. There are few women and minority CEOs, presidents of companies, or representing the people in congress or the senate. The stereotype of a succefful American is: a white man, in an expensive suite, driving a SUV, living in a mansion with his son who plays football and daughter who is a ballerina and whose wife stays at home and cooks. Children learn at young ages who is the most powerful, because they are shown that white men who are rich will succeed. Most of those white male power players did not get to the position by being creative or unique; they got there because of their money and parents powerful connections at the country clubs. Our society really limits who can have power. We teach our children to be strong, independent, creative, unique, and not dependent on money. Unfortunately our society tells the normal child who has these amazing traits and who dream of one day being a female president or African American male CEO is all well and good but they will never reach that powerful position.