What is a pawn?
In chess, a pawn is the lowliest soldier in the game, that poor person forced into fighting a war that he really does care about. But what can he do about it?
Pawns, while being the weakest piece, are also at the same time the strongest piece, able to devestate an entire army. The key is numbers.
With enough pawns, one will be able to get through the (supposedly) impenetrable enemy ranks and become promoted. For as the saying goes, "only the private soldier has the field-marshal's baton".
This unique power gives this private soldier a fearsome power. All shall scatter before him, and he will receive his promotion and wreak havoc upon those who dare defy him.
So, we may all be pawns. But as pawns, we have a power to rise up through the ranks and take control.
"A pawn did Gandalf say? Perhaps; but on the wrong chessboard." ~ Pippin (Lord of the Rings)