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Abyss
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We live in a dark time. A time of strife, fear, and terror. A time in which cities fall at the behest of a single man and a single man can inflict terror upon nations.

Where is our savior?
Where is the second coming, where is a messiah, a hero, a leader, anything?

Where is our Locke?

Where do we look for an end to the violence, where is a healer to mend the wounds of a world? A nation? Where is a Messiah?

If ever the time was right for such a person, if ever the time was ripe for a hero, if ever there was a time for a Messiah, that time is now. Who can we look to? Where is our Locke? Our savior? Our leader?

Our Hegemon?

-Abyss


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:::wipes single tear from his cheek::: "sniffle"
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I think the Hegemon, or at least the triumverate of rulership was needed so the human race could act as a single force against the Buggers. This doesn't apply to our reality, since everyone is trying to wipe everyone else out all the while feeling perfectly justified in their many causes. I'm afraid there will never be enough common ground for all people to stand on and not want more power, more conquest, more everything. I don't presume to know the answers. Your sentiment is heartfelt and sincere I'm sure. But reality is harsh and the peoples of EG are push overs for pretty patriotism. I don't see it happening any time soon but the job is yours if you want it. Can I be Strategos?
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Hmmm...I've asked myself the same question. Many, many times. And each time I succeed only in making myself more confused. ::sighs:: I don't know. I just don't know.
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Here I am.
Though I have not got all the details of saving the world figured out I've got a very good start. My e-mail address is suntranafs@hotmail.com, all those who have faith in this are welcome to write me.
I have what it takes. I have The will of Titanium. Need a savior? A Hero? A Leader? A counselour? A Judge? One who will find the truth? One who will help? One with genuine wisdom? I Am That Man.

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I don't know but I think Rush Limbaugh is the other guy. Seriously, and I listen to him. :-)
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Will of titanium? Pshaw, I have bones of titanium. No joke. Almost half of my skull is metal. Beat that.
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And so Abyss's cry in the night is reduced to weak puns...Sigh...C'mon guys I'm trying to take things really seriously! The sooner we have a one world Government the sooner Christ will return (according to my grandmothers complete collection of "left behind" books) Actually in scipture or at least contemporary interpritation someone like the Hegemon is expected to be the anti-christ. The beast seizes power rules the world, dies, then returns to rule some more making sure everyone has a bar code on their forehead and wrist. Say's in scipture that the Hatrackers are the first to go when the revolution comes. Fine by me there'll probably be a sale on shoes in Heavenmart that I wouldn't want to miss.
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You got to admit, though, if there will be an AntiChrist/Hegemon, he'll have a hell of a time before everything's said and done. Too bad I have this dang soul, it keeps getting in the way. But, I think it'll take more than just postings on the internet to become him. You might need one of those army-things. Perhaps I'm wrong though. Pretty talk nice
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I'm not afraid of hell and I am serious.
Antichrist? What a bunch of trash.
If you who are scribes or pharisees have no faith in me, then it makes no difference. I will still find the fishermen and those of you humble or brave at heart. Those are the people I must seek. They're the only ones whose world is worth saving anyway. Remember, one among you did ask for me, and I have presented myself. And remember, it is only your loss if you deny me.
It is a sad thing in this world that there are those who talk and yell of a savior, yet when one is presented to them they will either crucify him or will not lift a single finger to help. Also, so many of those who have true courage do not realize it, think themselves to lowly or humble or stupid to undertake something great.
Therefore, the latter group of people need perhaps a teacher, perhaps a master.
They need A Leader to help them in their quest. I am such a leader.
Truth is all I bring.

So many great people have been killed (in body), so many great ideas critisized harshly by those that did not understand, and therefore feared, the greatness. The odd thing is, the greatness such people do not understand is no foreign entity, but within their own souls.


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As for army things. Yes it would be difficult to save or unite the world only through the internet. But, then again, Christ needed no army, Ghandi needed no army. There have been many who brought freedom through peace, and many who brought it through battle. Army thing not a necessity. What is needed is a community.
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Oh, And one more thing, my dreams for the world Most Certainly DO NOT INVOLVE BAR CODES on peoples arms or foreheads.
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I wasn't going to reply, then I remembered I'm an argumentative jerk, or so says those closest to me.
First of all, I seriously hold anyone suspect who would take it upon him/herself to put such a vast amount of power into his/her hands. Remember the saying, "Power attracts the corruptible."? I think I might believe that.
Jesus and Gandhi, who by the way both have my utmost respect, were not megalomaniacs. They didn't want the world as their pedestal, no matter what any televangelist may tell you. They wanted to unite people, yes, but in a common goal of love and human rights attained through peaceable means. (Though some of their followers got the signals mixed.)
Anyone who wants the throne of the human world shouldn't get it. It should be like a deadly weapon, something you take on responsibly and without wanting it, only taking it as a necessity to be used when need be. I fear someone who wants that much power would use even when he/she didn't need it. Perhaps I'm judging everyone by my own standards, but I wouldn't trust myself with that much power, and I don't trust any other human!

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Hmmmm... Glass... You put forth very good points, and no I'm not trying to flatter. The argumentative and the skeptics, if logically convinced, can be the strongest and wisest of allies.
Now if the truth be told I am a good deal more interested in SAVING the world rather than UNITING the world. What I am REally concerned with is self perfection, not your "power". The power I seek and have comes from the heart, and the mind, and the soul.
You said many interesting and inteligent things, but one thing you said could in many circumstances be flat out wrong. " Anyone who wants the throne of the human world shouldn't get it." That is like saying anyone who wants to be a leader should not be one. Look here: I am a born natural leader and my training has been of the path of virtue. What are you suggesting that I do? Be really miserable about being who I am? Cripes! I'm miserable enough as it is, even not through purpose choice of mine.
As for corruption. The type of "power you speak of can only corrupt us if we let it; if we choose to be indifferent to such things as human rights and love, instead of continuingly striving for them with all of our strength. Yes, some powers can be exactly like a deadly weapon, and we must be very very careful in keeping and using them. However there is more to it than that. I do not attempt to justify the use of the atom bomb on hiroshima and nagasaki, but if we had not scientifically developed it and hitler had, we would be living in a lot worse world today. Perhaps I would not think it at all neccessary for the good and the just people to hold some measure of physical or mental "power" in this world if they could just think good thoughts (like "things ought to be THIS way") and they would come into being. But, then again, that too is a type of "power" and I have no doubt that if the above were so, bad people could also use this.
In regard to judging everyone by your own standards, I say this to you: Anyone Who Thinks They Do Not Is A Fool. Furthermore, anyone who tries to judge using others views without inspecting them very seriously is not only a fool but an immoral one at that.
I, too am an argumentative jerk. Like you, I do not know everything. Like you, I can still become better, even though, if the creationists are correct, I was created by an almighty God, and if scientists are correct, then on this planet alone I have had five billion years to evolve and progress, or if you believe, as I do, that both theories are correct, well... you do the math of how great we humans are. Though we still have a long long ways to go, I think.

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Of course we do.
Duh.
Obviously.

I just want to interject and say... you don't get the throne just by saying you want it. You don't heal wounds just because you say you can. We need a just and solemn voice to listen to, and frankly, you aren't giving us one. Want the throne? Come and get it. Want to heal? Start now. Want to progress, Suntranafs? Get moving. You're not helping anyone by arguing on OSC's forum.

I'm all for your "saving the world". Start... by acting like a savior.

[This message has been edited by Steel (edited April 22, 2002).]


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I must remain skeptical on the matter. But, then, maybe Alexander the Great encountered his fair share of scoffers. I say maybe because I don't know, so if anyone who has a PhD in History reads this I don't want any remarks about "Actually," in an English accent, "blah blah blah."
But, if you get there, sutra, don't forget to remember a lil guy named Glass who doubted you. But, don't track me down and kill me.

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To Steel: First let me say that you should have read this topic page more carefully before accusing me of hypocrisy, cowardice, and before calling my work here innefective and invallid. When someone speaks the truth-anywhere, any time- it is likely to change the world for the better.
Now, you said: "you don't get the throne just by saying you want it". Though your statement is certainly vallid in its own rite, it is not,in all cases, true. If one person asks for a leader, and another(who has the ability to be one) says I will lead, and the first person accepts the leadership of the second, then, yes, the leader has become the leader by simply accepting the job. IF you had read the top of this topic page carefully, WHICH YOU DID NOT, you would know that somebody asked, or at least appeared to ask, for a leader, and that I volunteered for the job.

You said: "We need a just and solemn voice to listen to, and frankly, you aren't giving us one". In the first place, how many of you are there that you use the pronoun 'we'? Secondly, you have to have at least a small measure of faith here. After all, if you knew what a just voice would say, you wouldn't need someone else to say it, now would you? I have tried to speak the truth, and unless you wish to point out where I have erred, there is little purpose in calling me a liar.
As for arguing: Previous to this post I have not been arguing. Now, however, you have taken on a cotraversial tone; I have simply matched that tone.

Now, with the remainder of your post you seem to have assumed that I have no life.
Assume this no further! I am coming to get the throne! I am healing and progressing already! I AM MOVING! I am trying my hardest to do my best to act like a savior.

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Oh, I've read the post.

It says we need a Locke.

YOU, on the other hand, sound like a Demosthenes.

Speaking the truth does little good. You also have to get us to believe it. Get us to act on it. SAVE US! But you can't do that just by preaching at us. Work with us. Accept some humility. The "I will be your Hegemon" approach will only work if you sound like someone we could accept as a Hegemon. Prove to us that you are capable, and the job is yours. The world is willing to accept such a person, but convince us FIRST, become Hegemon LATER.


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"...In the first place, how many of you are there that you use the pronoun 'we'?..."

I think Steel was speaking for the whole world. even though we didn't ask him to. Oh well.

"...Previous to this post I have not been arguing. Now, however, you have taken on a cotraversial tone; I have simply matched that tone..."

It seems to me that Steel wasn't arguing with you, just giving you advice. Don't take it the wrong way.

"...But, don't track me down and kill me..."

Ditto.

-Abyss


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Are we sure the world really needs a Locke?

Locke, after all, was Peter Wiggin.

Maybe a Demosthenes is what we really ought to be looking for.


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Peter was damn good Hegemon, as I recall. the citizens of earth adored him. Ender wrote his story, and spoke his death. And yet... Peter has issues, clearly. Locke is almost a seperate person from Peter, in the sense that "perhaps we cannot wear a mask without becoming that which we pretend to be." Being Lockee helped to resolve those issues. Locke was levelheaded, serious, and rational, providing an impartial judge in world affairs, and THAT is the cheif reason he became hegemon. Because contries believed that he would provide an impartial judge.

Our friend suntra just sounds like he wants a title. No offense, bud, but some humility is in order.


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If you recall, desmosthene's voice was critical to locke saving the world. The voice of urgency. Locke's was the voice of peace. I have both in my scripts. Is it really neccessary that I assume a double personality? Maybe.

It takes Two to say the truth. One to speak and the other to understand. Key word:Two. My audience was one person at a time in most of these posts. I chose to write this way because I believed it would be the most effective. I should also write about the problems of the world, perhaps? In any case, I have intended to "preach" at no one. You wish me to work with you. I am very willing to that. However, the question remains: work with you on what? You also wish me to "accept some humility". Ok. Can do. I am a human. I make mistakes. I am not all knowing or all powerful any more than anyone else is. Satisfied?

On the subject of proving my capability. Since you seem to be attempting to speak on behalf of the entire human race, replacing 'I' with 'we' an 'me' with 'us' and since you insist on recognizable proof before 'we' will give me this job, I humbly request that the all encompasing 'we' tell me precisely what proof is required, what test must be passed before I can get on with my humble but rather daunting and immediately pressing task.


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I have absolutely zero interest in titles of any sort. I seek only self-betterment and the betterment of the universe.
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Actually, I think we already have a "Locke". Someone who has a vision of the future, and seeing danger, raises warning. It's a lot of reading, but check it out here

I am completely serious when I say this. But decide for yourself.

[This message has been edited by DiffidentVoice (edited April 26, 2002).]


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I could not use the url you put out for some reason, but I went to ornery.org. I could not find who you were talking about. You may be absolutely right, and I might add, that two(or any number of) true leaders will not conflict with one another. They will act in matters that they have experience in, an defer to others where they do not. However, I do caution you to beware of false prophets.
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I edited the message, and it should work now.

No, true leadership *can* conflict, because leadership only reflects on the quality of the persuasion, not the destination they are pushing.

The big difference I see with the thread I referenced is that he is actually leading somewhere. You, suntranafs, are not. You have just asked to lead the parade, and seem blissfully unconcerned with where it might lead.

Peter Wiggin attempted leadership the hard way - by merit. By doing everything he could to bring about the future he desired, and by making it known that the future he worked for would benefit everyone else, too. Leadership, in this model, is not assumed. It can't be. It can only be given by the consent of those you lead. If no one has joined your parade... we get to see just how committed you are to the destination you espouse.


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It is easier to destroy than to build.
It is easier to follow the religions of Kill the Satans, than follow one of personal sacrifice.

In Christian terms, it is easier to be Christ-Like by leading the war on the Anti-christ, than it is by being a good Samaritan.

When the world has leaders who build, who follows their own values of self-sacrifice over demon slaying, who are good Samaritans, we won't need a Hegemon


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To Diffident: Granted, regular leaders fight against each other all the time. My definition of a TRUE leader is one who leads for the physical and moral betterment of his people. The moral betterment of a people has a great deal to do with getting along justly and fairly with other peoples, peoples who are different. TRUE LEADERS therefore wish fo the betterment of all peoples. So when two true leaders meet, they will each try to form alliances with the other.

You think I am not leading anywhere. Ah! I see, your friend Redskull wants to conquer the world by military might, and make everything happy daisy afterwards. Just like... who was that? Oh yeah, I remember now, ADOLPH HITLER! MAN THAT GUY WAS QUITE A LEADER! SO CHARISMATIC! SO INSPIRING! SO EFFECTIVE! CONVINCED SO MANY PEOPLE! And, in case you are really history deficient, Hitler was a crazy evil sonofabitch that brought on what was certainly the greatest tragedy of our time. Would you also say Christ led nowhere? Even his enemies would disagree with you on that point. If you look for the easy way out, that is the type of leader you will find. The way to real world salvation is a long, hard one.
However, if you want a accurate opinion on something, if you want advice, if you want a command, a way to follow, then ask and I will grant.
I am leading somewhere. I am leading to the truth and the light. To a people, a world, a universe that is better.

As I have said more times than I would have liked to on this forum(nobody ever seems to pay attention) I did not "Ask to lead the parade". Someone appeared to ask for a leader, and I volunteered for the TASK. For it will be far more struggle than glorification.


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P.s.
I meant Hitler is the type of leader you will find if you look for the esy way out.

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Raven: I absolutely agree with you, it is easier to build than to destroy. I suppose what you mean by demon-slaying is like Clinton's 'war on drugs' or guns, and Bush's 'war on terrorism'?
I, personally, am not willing to wait around for all the world leader to suddenly become better people. I want to make a difference, and I am making one right now! I don't think there is anything particularly wrong with the idea of one world leader, do you? After all, even if all the world leaders were somehow simultaneously good people, it would not stay that way. One bad apple can ruin a whole batch. If we had only one leader, we would only have to get one good leader before we had a good world. As it has been the situation in the USA, and as the makers of the constitution knew it would not be, if the States were individual authorities. This one world leader thing is just my theory, I'm not totally sure that it is concrete. It may be difficult to reconcile different cultures. On the other hand, it may be possible and it may be necessary. What do you think?

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First, Reskull is not my friend. I'm not knowledgeable enough to post on Ornery - they've never heard of me. I simply found myself persuaded by his knowledge and his argument. You have yet to offer an argument.

Second, Redskull isn't interested in conquering the world. If you showed any understanding, you'd know that he *reluctantly* feels that limited military action NOW will prevent extensive military action LATER. He isn't interested in being the leader - he just wants a world that is safe from jihad. You were offering accurate and wise advice. When you can't even summarise a well written essay accurately, what hope do we have of receiving a decent projection of the future from you, much less a plan to turn that future to our advantage?

Third, you have volunteered for the leadership role, but have yet to offer any concrete direction. "The betterment of everyone." Really? Where to you propose to start? Why there and not somewhere else? How will your actions and leadership actually result in a better world? Better in what way?

Fourth, you are remarkably naieve. You imply that YOU are the one that will lead to real world salvation. I believe that from the traditional Christian viewpoint, you have just set yourself up as the anti-Christ. Who also advocates that people give up their opposition, BTW.

Fifth, you compared Redskull to Hitler. Therefore, by the internationally recognised conventions of USENET, you lose the argument. That was a remarkably short time before your attempt at civilized conversation self-destructed. Perhaps you should lurk a while before attempting this again, okay?


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I want a morally enlightened world. I do not understand what you mean, where do I propose to start. I propose to start exactly where I am. Do you want to know that? Do you want to know how I intend to become politically powerfull(if intend I do that)? Do you want to know what I think our world leaders should do? What?

On the subject of Anti-Christ, discussion is meaningless. I am not in anyway anti-christ. Anyway, Anti-christ is just a phrase. If I seek self-betterment, the betterment of the universe, and moral enlightenment, if my love of the universe gives me courage to seek the truth, then I do not care what people call me. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.


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On redskulls gigantic essays: his passively presented but illogical argument was torn to pieces by someone called 'From the Streets' in a single well written page. I can do it in less. Hatred leads to hatred, war leads to more war. If I was violent on this topic it was because such essays do little but destroy the hope of people who would like to see a world where brothers do not enslave and kill their brothers.

Redskull doesn't seek leadership? Probably right. However, if you follow his words, you follow him. Furthermore, if such a person was in a position of power, and acted in such a way, he would in fact, be behaving much as Hitler did.


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I hope to God that I'm not setting myself up to be in the midst of a cross-fire. After all, I am transparent, so don't shoot at me, shoot around me, please.
But, I think the idea of a Locke is a moot point. One man, that's one, ruling the entire world! The whole entire world. DO we really think this is an idea worth discussing. How, what would he lead? Would he make all the laws? Would he be like a president? Would he be someone who writes such obvious drivel on a website I have to keep pinching myself to stay awake? Would he be authoritarian? Totalitarian? Do we really think a world so filled with those who've lived under democracy will just up and give all their freedom and power to one man? Is it safe to say that when one man takes control over One Nation of the World, people will wake up from their primal dormancy of fear and hatred to enter into a new era of love, peace, and flowers? I am too much of a pessimist to believe in this world or this man. And, I believe, so are too many others. Naivete is what all this sounds like to me. People always find a reason to be different, always find a way to relate and pair up with those who are more like them. It seems doubtful that this idea...peace...is fully attainable. Though, that doesn't mean it shouldn't be searched for. It's the Holy Grail, only without the whole living forever thing, which I don't buy stock in anyway.

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Dictatorship is not the perfect government, but neither is anarchy.

Humans are savages. Civilization is a cloak. Betterment with time is the way of the universe. The truth is out there.

Complete world peace is synonomous with complete world destruction. Total peace is not a worthy goal. Total enlightenmnent is. The freedom to think. The freedom to think is the freedom to be, the freedom to be is the freedom to do, the freedom to do is the freedom to create, the freedom to create is the freedom to love, love is true perfection, and that, my friends, is God.


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It may indeed take an outside phenomena to unite the human race, But maybe if enough people realized the truth, and a whole bunch of other people, highly concerned with their own well being, supported them... Maybe a righteous domestic way could be found.
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quote:

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...war leads to more war.
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Hmmm... The U.S. Non-involvement didn't solve WWII, now did it?


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I agree with DiffidentVoice when he says to suntranafs: "You have yet to offer an argument."

Suntranafs: this thread should be evidence enough that your current method, posting argumentative responses in Abyss's thread, isn't acheiving "The moral betterment of a people." DiffidentVoice would make a better Locke than you right now, no offense DV, because he simply suggests a course of action, he humbly replys, he leads by example. Where would we be if we followed your lead? Ask yourself that.


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Ok, I'm now officially bored with this.
It was more interesting when people thought I was a lunatic and not a retard.
Old piece of wisdom: occasionally suffer a fool, never argue with one.
I'm reachable at my e-mail address if anyone is actually SERIOUSLY interested in saving the world.

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Suntranafs: Everyone is interested in saving the world. We just all go about it in our own ways. I'm somewhat glad that your own personal method no longer involves my thread.

Everyone: Back on topic. A Hegemon. Is it Possible? Could humanity unite under a single man? An internet persona, such as Locke? Such as Demosthenes? Can a single person rule the world, and do we want them to? How do we make sure that we put our faith in such a person? How do we avoid the "making sure everyone has a bar code on their forehead and wrist" kind of Hegemon and steer towards one that "actually leads somewhere"?

-Abyss


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I think the main issue here is faith in people. Can we have enough faith in one person to give the all the nations of the world to him?
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Currently, an internet persona cannot become nearly as powerful as peter did with his Locke persona. the internet is immensely popular, but as of right now, it is not the penultimate source of news, or policy making in the world. until that type of thing happens, the internet will be a poor tool for gaining political power.
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Suntran, sorry I should have gotten back to this earlier.

The biggest problem with one world leader is that while we only need one good leader to make the world a better place, it only takes one bad leader to make the world a pesthole.

Bad leaders are more likely to will any competition for leadership, because they will cheat.

People want a benign dictator, a divine king, an ultimate father figure who will show them right from wrong, and enforce it.

We also want their morality to be the same as ours. That's quite a gamble.

What I meant about leaders fighting devils can be seen everywhere. Sadaam Hussein has not done anything for his people, but he remains loved by many because he is fighting an evil. It helps when he names whoever he is fighting evil.

Senators do the same, calling Abortionists, Drug Lords, Conservatives, or Liberals evil. They fight evil so they must be good. Think about that the next time you hear a politician say he's hard on crime. Remember Al Capone was hard on crime if you were a different crimminal than his gang.

In Isreal/Palestine right now two sides are killing their children because both sides want to destroy the evil.

Ender succeeded in destroying what the world thought was evil. Only after the destruction did he find out the world was wrong.

Basically, I don't trust any leader who says "You are either with me or against me." nor do I trust any leader who says "Show no merchy on the Evil."


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We need a leader who will show mercy, compassion, but also know when to stop, and take a stand against those who harm others.
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I would like to nominate Dan_raven for the smartest person left on this site.
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Ironic, since:

a) he is arguing AGAINST you,

and

b) You said you had lost interest in this post. Guess you're not so reliable, huh, Mr. Hegemon?


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I said I was bored with trying to prove myself fit to be hegemon.
Steel is a loser

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Righteous, aren't you, Titanium-boy.
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Steel! Sutranafs! Make valid points if you want, but try to avoid posts like "Steel is a loser," or "Guess you're not so reliable, huh, Mr. Hegemon?"

You people want to roughhouse, go to:

http://www.hatrack.com/ubb/forum/Forum2/HTML/007017-3.html

Back on topic: How can we help facilitate a good Hegemon? How can we make sure that someone good has the title?

-Abyss

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Someone once said that people are sheep. Actually, it was a director talking about actors. But, I begin to see his point. Are we so stupid, blind, and incapable that we need a Hegemon, someone who will come from the clouds, adorned in white, with a mantle of gold upon his breast to look down kindly on us, tell us everything will be allright, and bring us this myth I hear of called peace?
Instead of trying to figure out who, maybe we should be trying to figure out how. The world does not need a Hegemon. A Hegemon is just another way of throwing the keys to someone else and telling him to make sure to lock up. It seems as if those who so want a Hegemon only want to absolve themsleves from any type of responsibility.
If I don't want to do my own dishes, then I pay someone esle to do them. Will this be the same as getting a Hegemon? Someone who will clean up the disgusting messes our predecessors, and we have such a talent for making.
Perhaps Machiavelli isn't the greatest guy to learn from. But, Machiavelli agrees with me here in that the power to rule cannot be centered in one location, mainly, the prince, or Hegemon. The power of the people, the legislative, and the prince work together to weave a web tough enough to last for years. Nominating one man to rule over mankind would be a mistake. As someone mentioned, there are also cultural reasons why this won't work. But, there's just too much danger of all that power going awry. No one. No one can handle that much power. Forgive me, Suntranafs, but the first to nominate themsleves should most assuredly not be given the position.
Do we want someone who will be like Napolean? Come, save us, Hegemon! But, once you are finished saving us, please do not set yourself up as Emperor.
Perhaps you think it will not change the world, but the things each individual can do to help can change lives. And, those lives will change lives, and those lives, more lives. We don't need a Hegemon, we need personal and social responsibility. Rather than trying to set yourself up as the Messiah, why not try something as simple as loving your neighbor. Jesus spent his time with the poor and the needy. Because, he knew that those were the ones who needed him.
Well, that's my rant.

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