In this real and modern world of over six (6) billion people from the United States, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Africa and elsewhere, there are different dimensions of Life, but some will stand-out the most. There are the Religious dimension, the Political, Rich lifestyles, Academic professionals, and the Ordinary persons in this world. Each will have different aspects of power, philosophy and lifestyles, but they all live in the same “world.” How we interact within these dimensions and are affected by them will affect each person individual life no matter where in the world they live.
The Religious dimension is the most prevalent in our lives. Even if you are not specifically a religious person and an official member of a particular organization, the religious persons we come in contact with will have an impact on our lives. In the Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other main religions around the world, the religious leaders have powerful relations and influence on many. No all will listen to their parents, political party associate, spouse, co-worker or friends opinions, but they will most likely listen to their religious leaders and follow their instructions. We have see, and possibly have experienced, this in our lives at some stage or another but did not stop long and often enough to reflect on it. Even marriage spouses are not immune from this influence. It can be the opposite of what the husband or wife, for example, would have wanted to resolve conflicts or problems in their marriage. Such is the power of the religious leader in many people lives.
Now the Political people are very, very real in our lives. Each nation in this world has a political set of leaders who govern. This is true whether it be a simple tribe, military government, royal King and Queen rulers, communist party rule, socialist rulers, democracy or any other type. They will manage the country or place and people subjected to them, in the manner they see most suitable to them. In some societies, the laws and rules they make can adversely affect personal and religious views. This can lead to serious social disorder or civil conflict, thereby adversely affecting lives. At times, the rules they make will please some but not all, even if it is because of religious differences or that of cultural and philosophical differences. But in any case, the political dimension in our lives will affect us no matter what.
The Rich or Elite members of all societies will definitely influence many lifestyles. The political and religious can also be rich at the same time, just as the religious leaders can be political leaders as well. But in this respect, the rich or elite here is seen as those who throughout family history or by contemporary accomplishments, are wealthy and so possess power and influence. In the United States, for example, the rich have real power. They often are the main employers of the ordinary people and middle class, provide money for expensive research in medicine and education, for example, sponsor political parties and their members fund raising efforts, among other real life situations. The movie, entertainment and sports “stars” in America, for example, will come under this category. Often, what those “stars” say and do will influence many, especially the millions of serious fans they have around the world. So we can just comprehend millions of people deciding, for example, to buy a particular sport shoe because of a basketball player influence, or a teenager dressing in a particular manner because his/her “star” does so. Sometimes the influence will last a lifetime.
The “perfect” Academic will also affect our lives, but sometimes in different ways. Academics here are those who are official past and current University Lecturers and Professors. They are usually the “brains” behind all modern successful countries, for example, the United Kingdom, The United States, Canada, France, and others. They will be the ones to think-of, create, invent, monitor, change, supervise, criticize and correct the difficult problems and issues in our lives. When we think of the various professional researchers, the legal system, the medical profession, the engineers, diplomats, educators, economists, sociologists, psychologists and others, they are the ones who come under this category. Now these people will advise governments on what’s right, best and wrong for all. Many times their influence and opinions are good, but sometimes they can be very bias and misleading. In any case, throughout all nations history, the academic “elites” have proven to be very powerful and possess great influence in our lives.
The Ordinary people we know, hear of, meet and read about will also influence our lives. These are the people who are sometimes called “ordinary people” for example, the everyday “white and blue” collar worker, and the functionally literate in all societies. In democratic societies, such Canada and the United States, they are the ones who will decide which political party member governs and where within and outside the country. In less democratic societies, they are the ones who often rebel against injustice and inequality the best ways they know and with whatever power they have. What they do or say when they get the opportunity and media support, for example, will influence those who are on the recipient side of their expressions and actions. A coup, war or strike by the ordinary people in one country, for example, can affect how people will react and behave in another, and so on.
Therefore, there are different dimensions of power and influence in our lives. Each of us is a part of the picture. Our lives will affect each other in a positive acceptable way or adversely. But there are some, such as the religious and rich people, that have more than the normal effect on us. We have to demonstrate our power at times to counteract the power of the other and achieve some kind of balance or amicable situation. The ordinary blue and white collar among us are very essential to achieving this point for all of us benefits.