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Why do you think there aren't as many vocal leaders as there has been throughout history?

I have been thinking for awhile there is a lack of leadership outside of the politicians. In all other time periods there have been leaders for different causes whom people looked up to and respected such as the obvious examples Ghandi, MLK Jr., Elizabeth Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, etc etc.. Why do you think people aren't put up on the pedestal behind the podium to ignite positive progress anymore? Branching off of that do you think the people in todays world would be accepting of that? Would that style of leadership be good in todays climate?

One of the reasons that i've been contemplating is that whenever someone advocates for change they are viewed as different and they are cast aside because the people don't want to upset the system it seems like. Another major factor i think plays into it is nobody wants to sacrifice. For major groundbreaking change to occur people will need to put there necks on the line for the group, people will get beat up by cops, people will get thrown in jail, and i see that as a key factor in why for lesser or for more "Revolutions" don't happen anymore.

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    Jan 16 2013: I suppose the times we live in are simply not extraordinary. Leaders are born when the circumstances require them, not vice versa.
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      Jan 16 2013: But isn't there always troubling circumstances? There are still a multitude of issues that need resolving.
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        Jan 17 2013: True, but you can't deny the world is a relatively much more peaceful place than, say, during the first half of the 20th century. And that is is spite of what the media are showing us - terrorism, war in Iraq and so on. I do not wish to say those issues are not relevant but they are nevertheless local issues, not global. Some people try to make the global warming such an issue but as long as there are doubts about the intentions of its advocates, or as long as the climate does not collapse, this issue will not become a world-wide crisis. Talking about crisis - the recent financial one also did not reach a magnitude that would equal the WW2. So there you go - the times are not extraordinary.

        I am sure that should a world-wide crisis erupt - leaders would suddenly be born.
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          Jan 17 2013: There are definitely things going on right now that should be considered global issues but people turn a blind eye, some brief examples, civil wars in Africa, AIDS, Cancer, dwindling resources, rising rate of poverty, monopolies in the market place, and so on. People just aren't identifying with them because we want to think its peace time.
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        Jan 18 2013: Yes, something has happened to people - they are inert and indifferent. But it only menas that it will take an event of a really huge treshold to wake them up.

        I don't know, however, if the ultimate outcome would be so pleasing. Let's not forget that "awaken" people are just as likely to bring help and restoration as wars and destruction.
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          Jan 19 2013: Destruction is the last thing i want, i think it is time to rebuild and restart.... but with the amount of ignorant, face valued people in todays society i see this being difficult to induce.

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