Though governments and people hold a lot of power and authority, corporations are the driving force of the world. Out of the top 100 economies in the world, 51 of them are corporations, and 49 are countries. Without receiving any tax contributions, and while having to pay taxes to governments, corporations still succeed in bringing in insane amounts of money, and in turn, power and authority.
the ability of a person or a group to influence the beliefs and actions of other people.
the right given to a person or a position to achieve particular objectives.
On the other hand, John Keating from the film Dead Poets Society made a lasting impact on the boys he taught even though he had no authority over them. This is because he had been endowed with a power that transcends authority. School authorities had no power over the students, even Neil Perry’s father held no sway over his son.
There are many, many more examples of people, who do not necessarily have authority, but have power to influence others, for better or for worse. Edward Snowden had the power to reveal confidential information. Voltaire had the power that transformed the thoughts of intellectuals. Thomas Monson has the power to inspire and uplift those who listen to his words.
Power is with the people. This is trivially true because corporations and governments are made up of people. However, these organizations are not able to move and act as freely as individuals are. Sure, governments and corporations provide the muscle to move things along, but the power is with the people because inspired individuals are the driving force behind a cause, an effort or a reformation.