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Will powerful people join hands to change this world?

The powerful people generally does not make a noise seeing the things happening in the world. A few takes initiatives they donate they do charity and make a publicity out of it but why they stop it there? why cant few join hands and start a beginning which leads to a peaceful world.

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    Jul 28 2013: No, the weak, exploited and marginal will grow into a force to change the world.
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    Jul 28 2013: Will powerful people join hands to change this world?
    Yes. they can, once they understand the value of " Power with ".

    Please notes, are we acting our powers - power over & power in ........?
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    Jul 28 2013: .

    If they join hands to quit invalid (harmful) happiness,
    they can easily "start a beginning which leads to a peaceful world."
    • Jul 28 2013: Good [pomt W. If they join hands to quit invalid (harmful) happines. or i prefer harmful activities. some will some won't
  • Aug 2 2013: Because the MOST powerful people have no problem with the way things are, because the forces of society are what propel them to the top and the regulator power of governments scare them into wanting to be stagnate for the sake of staying on top.

    And those who want change to happen and, in fact, are capable of it win in inches not miles. That's what makes their fight so extraordinary.
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    Jul 31 2013: the powerful only join hands when they are exchanging money. If it risks them losing power, forget it.
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    Jul 31 2013: It will take thoughtful and brave people to change the world.
  • Jul 31 2013: They already are doing this.
    For themselves.
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    Jul 29 2013: ..only if the profit margins are big enough..
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    Jul 29 2013: Powerful usually don't join hands but always changed world for their benefit....and only joins hand with another powerful when singly in trouble and creates more trouble to world once they join hands together.....
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      Jul 29 2013: Perhaps we need to change our perception of what is actually powerful? For example, I perceive a lot of "powerful" people joining together right here on TED.....people we may not usually think of as powerful....common people with powerful ideas:>)
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        Jul 29 2013: Hi Colleen
        I think that perception is there already otherwise how come saying like "Knowledge is Power" :)
        Don't want undermine the POWER of ideas of common people but so far example is "Might is Right" more prevalent.....
        Wish it will change.
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          Jul 29 2013: You know I am optimistic Salim, so I believe knowledge is power as well:>)

          I believe that with our advanced communication systems and our ability to communicate internationally, we might change the perception of what is truly powerful, and useful for our global community.

          I perceive abuse, oppression and violation of human rights as very weak. It is weak, insecure people who abuse and violate others and think they are powerful.
      • Jul 29 2013: There is nothing stopping a violent person or group from possessing knowledge.
        Fighting smarter is most definitely a type of "big stick".

        Power flows down the barrel of a gun. Used to be the edge of a sword before that, the blunt end of a club before that, and tooth and claw before humans ever arrived at the scene.
        Being violent does not make you stupid. The two traits are not at all dependent.

        We have types of "soft" power these days, economic, cultural or diplomatic influence. But in the end of the day, those are all meaningless without the teeth to back them up. The most influential nations in the world today (and before that) are the ones with the most effective military.
        On a more personal level, power is achieved through social ties, politicking, and putting the acquisition of further power before everything else. It does not, unfortunately come through charity.

        C'est la vie.
        I didn't make the world, or its screwed up ways, I'm just trying to live in it.
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          Jul 29 2013: I agree Nadav....there is nothing stopping a violent person or group from possessing knowledge. Perhaps if people who like to fight had more knowledge, they wouldn't want to fight as much anymore:>)

          I agree that being violent does not make a person stupid. Sometimes, however, a person who demonstrates violence, is not adequately seeing other options.

          We're all living in our world to the best of our ability Nadav, and I believe there are opportunities to improve our world.
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    • Jul 31 2013: Dear Deepak,

      My name is Shekar and i strongly believe TO CHANGE is an collective effort and it cant be achieved by few people around. We should join and make a big noise and we need to be determined no matter how many years it takes. Public may not listen to a middle class but there will be some few friends who will listen and agree to us first lets gather them then it will multiply lets join hands and work on a strategy to change the world. First lets start in India then the rest will follow. For example how did the Brahmakumaris grew its just happened over time word of mouth isn't it ??
  • Jul 27 2013: A man in the first century said....."I take pleasure in weaknesses....because when I am weak, then I am powerful."

    There are many individuals earth-wide that are enjoying a peaceful existence.......it takes accurate knowledge of what it means to be peaceable.

    All humans want peace and security. But perhaps they go about trying to obtain it in the incorrect manner?
    • Jul 28 2013: Hello, Mary. Manner and method are quite important issues as you mentioned. It is easy to fall trap of employing tricks when one wants to achieve something. Seeking justice way will be more important for our lives.
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        Jul 28 2013: Seeking justice way. How? What tools? With who? Alone?
        • Jul 28 2013: I think seeking justice is not an easy thing because when majority want their own benefit and do harm for minority then majority are wrong. To correct this kind of situation, people should gather together, like civil activities or civic groups. It is possible when one seeks a justice way by himself but it is more powerful when people help and support each others(^^)
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    Jul 27 2013: click "edit" to add more time to your conversation you're down to 18 hours now.
  • Jul 27 2013: Combination of being unable to decide which is the more pressing issue, which is a real issue and which imagined, and looking out for one's own interests at the expense of the so-called greater good.

    If humans were naturally bent on unifying together to solve big global issues, we'd have probably done it by now. Instead, you have everyone looking out for their own best interests, because that's how humanity is (the same goes for all life for that matter--Darwinian evolution sees to that).