The Power of an Idea

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X meet bef...
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X meet before a press conference. Both men had come to hear the Senate debate on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This was the only time the two men ever met; their meeting lasted only one minute. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ideas are divine portals
into the potentiality
of our birth,
our civilization,
our truth revered.
Ideas gave us freedom,
gave us law,
and justice;
ideas are the reasons why
we never pull our punches.
Though they bring
and conceit,
ideas can also
set us free,
from believing that we
were born to stay
in a spiritual poverty
to the awakening of our spirit
to the birthright of man:
that we were born for liberation
to take it if we can.

The power of the mind
is the power to divine
a world in which principles
are not constantly
weakening in the hands
of an apathetic
A world in which
we would want to
raise our children
to believe
that we could live
not only peacefully
but lovingly with others,
independent of class,
or sexual orientation,
without the fear of economic,
psychological defamations.
Whether eternal,
and immutable
and morally irrefutable,
ideas changed man,
moved nations,
and turned history.

Some would tell
that reason is
a slave to our passions.
Are we dogs or men,
is the question that
we need to examine.
To truly be free
we have to learn how
to think.
An education isn’t just a means
for putting money in the pocket,
it should foster knowledge worth guarding
lest our ideas become
nothing more
than technological equations,
as our passions have
bent to the whims
of sexual stimulations.
Our culture started with
and is still in the hands of
our minds,
let us not disgrace
our forefathers
by letting this
precious commodity


  1. This is especially poignant on the eve of Malala Yousafzai’s speech on the floor of the UN. If I understood your poem correctly: Knowledge and ideas are powerful things, and education is a means by which we bring that power to bear, for good or bad…as you said, not just for making money, but to keep the greatest of humanity’s ideas alive. The pen is mightier than the sword, but rather than use it to oppress, it can be used to end poverty, bigotry, and one day, bring peace to this world! Thanks for this reminder. 🙂


  2. As usual Sreejit, you give us a powerful insight into what can be if we use our minds to create our realities and not live by the confines of how the world tells us how we should live.


  3. “To truly be free
    we have to learn how
    to think.”

    Amen! Love that! That’s where it begins and it the possibility of real freedom ends only when we cease to think for ourselves. (“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds.” Robert Nestor Marley) Yes, yes.

    Glad to know that there’s still thinking folk out there. More importantly, there’s folk who still make the connection between the divine, the divine power of thinking and thought, and the application of thought to real-world phenomena, situations, and challenges.

    Thank you.


  4. I know something is good when it touches me this way. And the photo and caption reminded me of one of the books that really touched me, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”.


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