With Great Power…

I am relatively sure that at some point in all of our lives we have pulled out many movie quotes. Amongst them, I am guessing that this has come up a number of times: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Spiderman forever instilled in humanity this unforgettable line. Whether you whip out the classic line out of seriousness or complete mockery, it is equally as great, cliche, and cheesy in every situation.
Thinking back on the day, responsibility (or lack thereof) seemed to be a reoccurring theme. At the beginning of our time here in Bethel, I somehow became the “Keeper of the Key” to the girls “cabin.” As should have been predictable, today I had the inevitable moment of temporary heart failure when I thought that I lost the key. Fortunately, I was just being my usual unobservant self and later found it hidden behind the zipper of my coat’s inner pocket… oops.
On a more serious level, the rest of the day was spent at a workshop on Historical Trauma that was put on for us by Rose Dominic and Ray Daw. The workshop provided the group with both an academic and personal understanding of the traumas that have occurred in Alaska and in the Native American population as a whole.
At the end of eight hours of intense discussion and conversation, there was really one thing which I was able to take away: responsibility is key. It is the key to learning, to prevention, and to healing for the future. I learned so much today that I cannot possibly convey it all, but I can say that I came away with a much deeper appreciation of the position I have in life and the responsibility that I have as a human being. It is a responsibility shared by all of mankind, no matter what “power” they perceive themselves to have or not have. It brings together a global community and today I have become more aware of my place in it.

Claire Storey

About Claire Storey

My Name is Claire Storey. I am a Journalism and Graphic Design double major with a minor in English. I have always had a passion for travel and for sharing in the life experience. I aim to help convey the human experience by expanding my world view and revealing it to others.

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