Everything awesome or awful in the universe derives its “awe factor” by virtue of its capacity to influence. Influence is a function of force meets object. Structure is a static description of force in action. Space is the field of force, time is the measure of force, and matter is the object of force (It is the “influence” of protons, neutrons, and electrons that forms the atomic sub-structure of reality).
Moving from physics to sociology, it can be the influence of a single thinker that launches an entire revolution. We suppose the man with the gun has the power, but power lies in the man with the ideas that influence the man with the gun.