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Stefon Lyons

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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 17 2013: A number of things come to mind. The primary as Don Anderson expressed is the media. Many of the examples where leaders by action not by oratory. The second point is almost as important. These people lived and acted at the precise right time in history. Many of these people would have met a violent death if they had acted in the same manner a few years earlier. It also should be pointed out that many of these people were not great heros during their lives as much as history elevated them to that status after their death.

    Time and circumstance elevate people. Fidel Castro was a man of healing, a Doctor. He was the face of the reveloution in Cuba. Could he have gained or maintained power without Che Guevara's iron fist. Doubtful. It has been discussed that Winston Churchill would never have been in office except the war made him the right person at the right time.

    In todays terms you need two things: 1) Media backing and 2) Money or finicial backing.

    In my life time I have witnessed a great change. My parents both worked to maintain a home and be debit free. If the entered a contract they fretted over it until it was paid off. Today we see everyone running out on obligations. Houses they could not afford and school debits that they ignore. Both have been seen as acceptable to those in power. The administration and the media endorse this as it is the fault of the wealthy 1%.

    The oratory has went from the hard working, honest, immigrant citizen .... to entitlements for all earned or not. You either endorse the platform or you reject it.

    There are really only two platforms and MOST people limit their thoughts and they shall be known as sheeple.

    Independent thought is not as acceptable as in the past ... the current thought is that you are either with me or against me. In this light voices have been silenced.

    I wish you well. Bob.
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      Jan 17 2013: I enjoyed reading your response. I especially liked the part about timing because it is very true a lot of missions get shut down before they even get started and then nobody ever knows what was in the works, Maybe that has more to it than we are thinking... I would also agree that people in general don't want to work for what they get anymore and are all looking for the quick fix, but i do put a lot of the blame on the people at the top financially. The difference in payouts is larger then it has ever been and it doesnt make sense. Why cant the owner take home 100 million instead of 400 million? Asking for more equal pay is not me being a communist its me being a realist and recognizing the selfishness of the elitist, but the economic system is a conversation for another day. Well if its for or against you can definitely count me as one of the against because this system is broken.
      Thank you for your input i really did appreciate it.

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