What is the difference between the concepts of honor and power in The Giver, as on pg. 84?

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Jonas is surprised when he first learns that The Receiver of Memory has honor but not power (84).  He assumes that since the position is so highly regarded, The Receiver will be able to do whatever he wants to and be able to bring about any changes to the community that he sees fit.  The Giver explains that this is not the case. 

Jonas assumes that The Giver gets to make choices for the community, but he learns that in fact it is very difficult to bring about change and the community is structured for sameness in everything.  The Chief Elder is elected every 10 years, and there is a Committee of Elders that makes decisions.  Changes in...

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