if i'm anti-religion in this town, i could get blackballed from jobs. that reduces the viability of my financial security. if i were a gay man, people could boycott my business, which fundamentally undermines my financial security.
saying shit like 'things only have as much power as we grant them' relies upon being self-sufficient enough that you're untouchable. which leads me to the conclusion that a) you have money and b) you don't need to care what people think.