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Everybody Wants To Rule The World

1funny898Why is everybody so gosh darn anxious to rule the world?
I guess the pay and benefits would be awesome, but I can’t imagine there’s any time off.
It would be high stress and thankless, well, unless you paid or forced people to thank you.
And look at all the decisions you’d have to make; I don’t always know what I want for breakfast.
Then there’s the meetings, slogans, pillaging, fear-mongering, plans, plots, the overthrowing, and feeling like you had to wear a fancy military-looking outfit and get giant pictures of yourself to hang up everywhere.
Sounds monotonous and a lot of work.
Tears For Fears might have been exaggerating, for effect, but humans do want what we can’t have.
We can’t seem to help ourselves, it’s a yearning that lives deep inside us.
We want what’s beyond our reach.
It’s what makes us magnificent, but can be our Achilles heel.

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Still, the applicants for ruling the world continue to line up:

  • Terrorists, dictators, villains, supervillains, megalomaniacs with delusions of grandeur, evil scientists, and smarmy government types, admittedly, life could be boring without them, but wow, I’m willing to give it a try.

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  • Corporate types who are working so hard on helping everyone, even the homeless, to give their lives a purpose, maybe as a Wi-Fi hotspot, hybrid car/cellphone recharging unit, or solar panel holder. The sky’s the limit!

  • Pirates and vikings, whom I suspect weren’t keen on hygiene, but apparently look like supermodels when portrayed on-screen.

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  • Supernatural beings and aliens seem to have an unnatural interest in ruling our world, hey, guys, go rule your own worlds!

  • Laboratory mice whose genes have been spliced, oh, wait, that might have just been a cartoon.

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  • Presidential candidates, sure, let’s include Donald Trump. I wonder, will future GOP debates come with a warning label: Watch at own risk, to your brain.

  • Criminals – I finally watched Lucy, unsure if it had a pro or anti-drug message, but there was a certain ‘be careful who you hang around’ feel to it.

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  • Hackers, who, for all we know, have tried to save us from some alien invasion or apocalypse and we’ve been all testy with them.

  • Scammers, who teach us how to weigh pros and cons just by sending us a weird email. Pro, click on it and the subsequent links until all curiosity is satisfied. Con, don’t open it, you’ll always wonder, what if, what if…

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  • Computer software makers who rule the world through versions, chat, and accessories.

  • Leaders in dystopian futures – I just watched Insurgent and Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1  – definite everybody wants to rule the world vibes and songs.

  • Cats and they’re doing a purr-fectly fine job.

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  • Vegetarians – unlikely world rulers, but sometimes we just want them to leaf us alone…see what I did there?

  • Hunters, ok, the loss of Cecil the Lion was sad, but humans directly or indirectly kill animals, humans, and other forms of life on this planet everyday, right or wrong.

  • Gamers, but at least they don’t care if it’s the real world.

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Don’t we all rule the world? You know, in that moment, that moment when you make someone’s day with a smile or kind word. Help someone. Do something you didn’t think you could do. Care. Answer that toy phone when a child hands it to you. Grow food instead of a portfolio. Don’t try to control, but to take part. Show patience, compassion, understanding. Offer help, comfort, support, or inspiration. Don’t give in to anger, greed, fear. To be part of something instead of needing to run it.

That’s ruling the world.

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148 thoughts on “Everybody Wants To Rule The World

  1. Hello Yada, I dont usually comment, or visit often enough, I really like what you are saying here, “Kudos” for speaking your Mind, I have not posted on my wordpress page in ages, But with articles as prevalent as this helps me to remember, and “care” The world is changing at an alarming rate, it scares me, yet some younger want//need change, just wish they could see they need to change the affects us Humans are having on our food supplies, our drinking water and Keystone species such as the Humble bumble BEE, Monsanto doesn’t care, we must care that the Large companies only care about the almighty dollar, as does the advertisers on the media some actually think is “REAL” what a sad state of affairs, great article, yada, keep posting
    Doug Worrall

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      1. ‘I Believe’ ‘Everybody Loves a Happy Ending’…we really could do this all day…Do you remember their song ‘Scrodinger’s Cat’? Not their biggest hit, but interesting. 😉

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      2. Ha ha, excellent 🙂 I have a vague memory of Schrodinger’s Cat, had to look it up to jog my musical memory bank. They were an interesting band weren’t they? Am I heading into ‘get off my lawn’ territory if I say there’s not much similar in popular music these days?

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  2. This pairs well with the “Shout! Shout” post. Anyone who lived through the 1980s should be familiar with it, as well as the title of this post. That penultimate paragraph is priceless. (Oh, and happy belated blogiversary, too!)

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  3. Yay! Grow food not a portfolio. I’m off to pick a courgette. Oh wait. vegetarians are out to get us – help! Lovely post Donna as usual brain achingly funny and thought provoking.

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    1. Not at all, I rather like veggies and those that love them, but I don’t like being lectured about it and growing your own food is awesome, I’m frustrated with a society that things big business, profits, etc. are more important than people. Now leaf me alone. lol 😉

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  4. Pirates and Vikings would be VERY keen on hygiene for a bunch of reasons. Not the least of which is the close quarters. Bathing is not optional in a prison or on a boat. They would throw you in a bath or throw you overboard. Also, the element of surprise is lost if you can smell them upwind long before you saw them coming.

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  5. Is this too good or what! Spot-on with your thoughts. I want to get away from it all these wanna-be’s and crawl under a rock – seems like no one wants to grow up these days. Viking photograph = perfection.

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  6. I can genuinely say that I don’t want to rule the world…or do I? Perhaps I do want to be in charge of my own little world…and it might be the desire for control which matters, regardless of the size of the kingdom we wish to rule….

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  7. I don’t feel a need to rule the world outside, I have more than enough to do by trying to rule my own world.
    You are right, it would be better, if we instead said, how can I help others?
    Great post as usual Donna 😀

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  8. I’m reading “the game of thrones and philosophy” and the author points out that everyone is trying to win the throne but no one seems to be too happy either when they are fighting for it or once they get it.

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    1. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, I suppose…be careful what you wish for, plot for, fight for.
      I love the ‘And Philosophy’ series from Open Court, really makes you think, that sounds like a good one.

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  9. Reblogged this on ' Ace Social & Media News ' and commented:
    Everyone wants to rule the world is so close to the Truth it is unreal as the world changes your post represents the ying and yang of life. We may go backwards but we are still going forwards and at same time standing still as we are but a second in time.
    A real #Donnamazing post you inspire and fulfill with your writing and research Ian 🌹

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    1. Thanks Ian for the lovely reblog and the very wise words. 🙂
      Sorry it’s taken so long to thank you, but I’ve been having computer issues – they’re wonderful when they work, but a pain when they don’t. 🙂
      Hope this week is treating you kindly. 🙂

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  10. Speak of the devil, I just published a post on Donald Trump, in which Gertrude Stein went looking for him, but…. well, I hope the rest is as interesting as your post, should you care to give mine a look.

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  11. I don’t know if we can all rule THE world, but we can choose to rule OUR world and if everyone did a good job of that, we wouldn’t need anyone to rule THE world. (Just thinking out loud).

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  12. That’s quite the list! I forgot about Pinky and the Brain. As a Wisconsin gal, I’m more worried about Scott Walker ruling the world. Erg.

    Hopping over from Susie’s blog! Thanks for sharing your blog link. Happy 2 year blogiversary!

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    1. I can see how that’s a serious concern.
      Thanks for hopping over and I hopped over to yours and stayed for a while – wow, it’s awesome, it looks like we like a lot of the same stuff; so glad we found each other in this giant virtual haystack – thank you Susie for another wild ride! 🙂
      Thank you for the #bloglove Jess and I know I’ll be virtually visiting you again soon! 🙂

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  13. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    If you believe everything that the media publishes there are a number of factions vying for the position of rulers of the world.. As Donna Parker identifies there is some disparity about the benefits of any of them achieving that power..Great post.. personally I think it is the media winning this election by posting stories that herd is into a collective voting for ‘acceptable’ alternatives who are taking us down the rabbit hole with Alice.

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  14. When I saw the title to this post the song immediately popped up in my mind :-). I agree, we all rule the world. One step at a time, one smile at a time and one good deed at a time.

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    1. Wow, so thrilled to be picked and what good company to be in, not only the picks, but the blogger as well! 🙂
      Yes, that song got in my head this week and the only way to purge it was to share it…if it helps, it didn’t fully work, it’s still wandering around in my brain too. 🙂
      Thank you so much for this honour and hope this weekend treats you kindly. 🙂

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  15. I don’t want to rule the world, because it would be frightening—-especially for the richest 1%. In fact, if I reluctantly became the world’s leader, I’d make sure to have an annual culling of the top 1% starting with everyone on the current Fortune 400 list my first day in power. Then instead of lying and cheating to become a member of the oligarchs, people at the top would be frantic to lose their wealth before the next annual culling day.

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    1. That would be a unique method of keeping the rich in line and spread the wealth because when people say there’s not enough money in the world for food, affordable housing, medicine, etc., there is, it’s just being hoarded by the rich. 😉

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      1. From the BBC (January 19, 2015):

        he wealthiest 1% will soon own more than the rest of the world’s population, according to a study by anti-poverty charity Oxfam.

        The charity’s research shows that the share of the world’s wealth owned by the richest 1% increased from 44% in 2009 to 48% last year.

        http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30875633

        1% or 72.6 million hold 48% of the world’s wealth
        99% (7 billion 193 million 656 thousand 411) holds the other 52%

        Global private financial wealth grew by nearly 12 percent in 2014 to reach a total of $164 trillion.

        The 1% holds $78.72 Trillion of that $164 Trillion.

        https://www.bcgperspectives.com/content/articles/financial-institutions-growth-global-wealth-2015-winning-the-growth-game/?chapter=2

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      2. I’m not a religious person but I think the Bible offers some good advice, and the Bible has 57 Bible Versus about Greed. All of this was talked about around campfires thousands of years ago, and then written down. Evidently the greedy have not learned a thing.

        For instance:

        “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Timothy 6:10

        “A greedy man stirs up strife, … ” Proverbs 28:25

        “And in their greed they will exploit you with false words.” 2 Peter 2:3

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      3. Yes, and it becomes even more obvious in politics, for example, we have a Federal election here in Canada and it’s all about buying votes, it’s so wrong, it’s literally sickening.
        What good would money be if you know others are suffering, struggling, even dying just because they don’t have food, shelter, safety, medicine? It’s so silly and sad.

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  16. Once I “lost” my husband, house and professional job in one year I had a great friend and dear mentor who was only 40 while I was 50 who got cancer and died. Nothing seems insurmountable now, D.
    do, I think small favors, paying forward and smiling even if you are having a bad day makes a huge impact in your pathway through life, one moment at a time. Like those little droplets which make ripple circles widening ever so slowly until reaching across oceans and continents. Fantastic way to start the ripple effect going from your corner. . .

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    1. I’m sorry to hear about those losses, that must have been an extremely difficult time. They say fire tempers steel, but sometimes I’d rather not have to be tempered quite so much, I’m sure you agree.
      I agree, those things really do change the world, and rule it. 🙂

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  17. I just saw Tears For Fears in concert last weekend, along with Hall and Oates. Because old. They still sounded great. We have a chihuahua who wants to rule the world. Love the message of this post.

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    1. Aren’t we lucky to be old? lol It’s not for the faint of heart, but hey, Tears for Fears, worth it…I’m so glad to hear they still sound great. 🙂
      Well, at least he will be a benevolent ruler and you won’t have to spend a fortune on the jewels for his throne because it will be tiny and adorable. 😉
      Hope this weekend is being good to you and you have a brand new follower and fan. 🙂 xo

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