Milton observed, along with many others, that power is relative. The actual power of any person is derived from the people around them and their own power or lack of power. Depending upon where you look to draw your comparisons people may be very powerful or weak. For Milton if you can see through one eye in a land of blind people that would make you king.
But there are ways of making people powerless and as I look at the modern world I realise that the powerful are those who know how things work around us. The electronics expert or the computer programmer have more authority than the rest of us. The ways in which they can interpret how technology affects their lives are different to ours. Scientific expertise is becoming a vital factor is how we can manage our lives.
But even these people play second fiddle to the people who have always had all the power. Those who own the land. Here is the root of all power in humanity and the start of all capitalism. And yet ownership is simply an agreement we have with each other, if you look at the available land in the universe our attempts to own anything are pretty pathetic.
That’s the whole reason we do what we do the way we do it, as our perspective is never more than one eye can give us as we purposely blind ourselves to the magnificence outside our planet.