An interesting question


Do you think that anyone fighting for or against a cause today, who tomorrow by some miracle were to become the all-powerful ruler of the world, would instantly do what he had been clamouring for all his life?

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

24 thoughts on “An interesting question

  1. foolsmusings says:

    I guess it would depend on how strong those convictions were in the first place. Also sometimes having the resources at you’re disposal may give you a better understanding of the situation and take a more moderate approach. I guess it all still comes down to the people you surround yourself with to advise you.

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  2. jim- says:

    Is anybody really content when they get what they think they want?

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  3. Mordanicus says:

    Power corrupts, absolute power absolutely corrupts. I don’t think that humans are mentally capable to handle the full might of the universe.

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  4. john zande says:

    If its simple, sure.

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  5. Yep. I agree. If I had absolute power for a few moments I’d

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  6. Eric Alagan says:

    I believe the underlying theme of this question is: when given an opportunity, will a person keep his promise?

    Speaking of politicians, the quick answer – yes (think Hitler), no (think most politicians), and all shades in between.

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  7. judyt54 says:

    Power is a strange bunny. People who long for it are usually the last ones who should get it. And the people who have it by right or happenstance are usually very reluctant about the whole business.

    And power means a lot of different things, depending on the view. People who go about their lives with purpose, but quietly (John McCain and Bill Gates come to mind), so that if you want to know, you have to find out–and people who change lives for the better simply by being who they are. Fred Rogers, and Jimmy Carter.

    It’s also how you handle what you have and know enough to say ‘no, thank you’ when someone offers you more. Now, that’s power.

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    • makagutu says:

      You are right in a sense. There are people who should not become powerful. That list includes some of our cabinet secretaries.
      But they are also a few other people who have used their power for the good of humanity.

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    • basenjibrian says:

      One could argue that Jimmy Carter changed lives for the better only after he had no direct power. We forget that he was NOT a good President over all. Many of the horrors of American foreign policy (Iran, Afghanistan, Central America, East Timor) were begun under his administration and are festering wounds on the world’s body politic to this very day.

      He was just not as overtly gloating about it, but he still had Brzhinsky, one of the truly evil American foreign policy geniuses, in his Administration.

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      • makagutu says:

        It’s been said most people when they had so much power, didn’t use it for the good of humanity but for narrow partisan goals. So I think you make a great point

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  8. Hariod Brawn says:

    I think Pink would. Everyone would get free chandeliers on day one.

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