So, you want to rule the world. Then what?

Over the course of history, several people (OK, mostly white guys) have desired to rule the world. Let’s assume you want the same. Now you rule the world. How long before you become severely paranoid and start killing everyone? This seems to be the ultimate end to such a venture. I don’t think it’s possible to rule the world, even with the best of intentions, without snapping and becoming evil. EVIL!!!

That’s why, as ruler of the Universe, I set up a few basic physical laws and then just let y’all do what you want. The whole control thing is highly overrated, believe me.

I have long maintained that no truly intelligent or wise person would want to be President of the US. I think the same goes for Monarch of the Orb. Evil actions would be necessary to maintain the position. (And “GOD”, I think eternal damnation would fall in that category.)

You’re right. Eternal damnation is a human idea. How do you folks come up with this stuff?

Hey, we got emotional problems. OK? :wink:

GOD, do me a favor and pass that last one along to ARG220, wherever he’s hanging out these days, willya? None of us over in GD seemed to be getting the idea across to him. :wink:

I want to conquer the world
give all the idiots a brand new religion
expose the culprits and feed them to the children
do away with air pollution and then I’ll save the whales
we’ll have peace on earth and global communion…

<font face=Copperplate Gothic Bold>I would make Australia a penal colony (again) , & ship all the superstition mongers & ideological fanatics there. Also Hanson, Barney the Dinosaur, and the entire cast of “Friends”.And the guy who thought up the Taco Bell dog.

All hail UberDan the Magnificient!</font>

“The truth is uncontrovertible. Panic may resent it; ignorance may deride it; malice may destroy it, but there it is.”-Sir Winston Churchill

Granted he should have retired before now, but the chihuahua was one of the best ad gimmicks I’ve seen in years.

It’s good to be the King.

“Waheeey! ‘Duck!’ Get it?”
“Errr… No…”
“Duck! Sounds almost exactly like fu-”

“What will you do when you rule the world? Shout at everyone?” – Dr. Who, though the line was written by Douglas Adams and I’ve probably quoted it wrong.

I don’t think that conquoring the world corrupts someone, let alone makes them EVIL. Rather, you pretty much have to be a paraniod SOB to conquor the world in the first place. It’s not like Alexander and company just went around and talked people into accepting them as lord and god.

This OP poses a question in my mind:

“Is ‘evil’ a singular, objective thing?”

“Or is ‘evil’ merely relative to the morals and values of a society?”

If the former, then yes, taking the steps necessary to ensure your supremacy would entail “evil”.

If the latter, then hey! It’s just the cost of doing business. Like minor body aches from doing heavy chores. You just take a hot bath and go to bed a litte early.

Shouldn’t this have been in the Great Debate Forum?

<FONT COLOR=“BLUE”>“The whip is not so bad; fear instead, my brother, who will use scorpions and serpents.”</FONT>

Usually, ruling the world (or a major portion of it) involves a successful campaign of conquest. So pretty much you’re going to be lording over a dictatorship- yours. Now aside from all the people you had to kill to become ruler of the world, and the malcontents your secret police and anti-guerrilla troops have to keep put down, there’s the question “will absolute power turn you into a giggling psychotic?”

The track record of absolute despots is not encouraging. You have the Roman emperors, various potentates in ancient China and the Middle East, Napoleon, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, and too many more to list.

There’s just something about absolute authority and power that disconnects a person from reality. When you can order anything possible and it’s done, when you’re surrounded by yes-men because you had everyone who displeased you executed, in short when you start to lose the distinction between your mind and the external universe, then yes, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret guys. I do rule the World. Nobody really knows it though and that’s the beauty of it. Who’s going to assasinate me? I don’t have to be paranoid and can do buisness as usual. My power is subtile, insidious. I rule in mysterious ways. Sometimes I may save a life, sometimes I’ll let them go…whatever is my whim at the time. The Illuminati is secret, but you know what the word means so they aren’t THAT secret. Even the ubiquitious ‘them’ doesn’t apply to me. No one knows anything. I only tell you because I know you wont believe me. No capitalist Oligarchy here…You will have no other ruler before me! Occamarchy rules!

Every once in awhile I have vision unsurpassed in beauty that no mortal could comprehend…then I fart.

You just did.
I will politely pretend not to notice.


Let me control the planet’s oxygen supply, and I don’t care who makes the rules.