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josie's avatar

"I could rule the world!" "I could change the world!" Are they really any different?

Asked by josie (30931points) October 26th, 2018

One seems noble. The other seems sinister.
The difference in the methods of accomplishment are subtle.

How are they different?

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zenvelo's avatar

“Rule the world” only requires monopoly on violence.

“Change the world” implies an action for the betterment or detriment to all mankind.

kritiper's avatar

One puts you in the big chair. The other doesn’t have to.

Jeruba's avatar

World-changers: Buddha. Plato. Martin Luther. Isaac Newton. Darwin. Gandhi. And many more. Did any of them set out to change the world? I doubt it. But they have had far greater impact than most rulers ever have.

Steve Jobs, to Pepsi executive John Sculley: “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” He went, not to rule but to change.

ucme's avatar

Rule carries the threatening suggestion of being power crazed.
Change hints at a desire, an ambition to make something better.

Zaku's avatar

I don’t know what you’re talking about. Can you elaborate?

LadyMarissa's avatar

@ucme Are you OK??? I think that is the sweetest thing that I’ve heard you say since I joined 6 months ago!!!

ucme's avatar

@LadyMarissa Yeah i’m good thanks, best for people to keep an open mind rather than a narrow, judgemental one otherwise they get people all wrong & look weak & ignorant.
Although I think possibly you meant to post that on another thread, can’t see anything sweet about my answer here, but hey, cheers all the same :D

LadyMarissa's avatar

^ A mind is like a parachute…it works BEST when it is OPEN!!!

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