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Power in Weakness

Journalist Remona Aly investigates how power can be found in vulnerability. Without weakness, she explains, there is no room for resilience to rise or character to form.

Journalist Remona Aly explores what it truly means to be weak. All too often, society encourages us to strive for unrealistic goals of perfection, with no room for flaws or failure. Remona considers the unexpected strengths that can arise from positions of vulnerability.

She argues that occupying a position of weakness offers an opportunity from which we can learn from our mistakes, develop resilience, and nurture our faith. Those that wilfully occupy a lowly stance can often find unexpected strength - their humility can cause others' anger to cease. According to Remona, the weakest members of society can radically affect the attitudes of those around them.

Music from Bruce Springsteen and Stormzy contribute to Remona's exploration of weaknesses' hidden strengths. She also draws upon verse from Shakespeare and Homer. "If we remove weakness from our experience," she concludes, "we remove the opportunity to survive and evolve."

Presenter: Remona Aly
Producer: Jonathan O'Sullivan
A TBI Media production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 25 Mar 2018 23:30

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 6 Op 68 ‘Pastoral’ : I Allegro, ma non troppo

    Performer: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
  • Sami Yusuf

    The Key

  • Stormzy

    Blinded By Your Grace, Pt.1

  • George Frideric Handel

    Total eclipse!: Handel: Samson

    Performer: The Sixteen.
  • Bruce Springsteen

    The Rising


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