One day, after listening to www.danbern.com...
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contemplating the lyrics of one of his songs, "King of the World"
I realized that the world had plenty of tyrants. It may be a matter of opinion as to who, exactly, is a tyrant among the roster of world leaders but,
depending upon your point of view, you shouldn't have too much trouble picking out your "favorites". It struck me that all of the tyrants that
came to mind were, well, always consider evil or malevolent. Why did this have to be?
Why were there no "benevolent tyrants"? You know, someone who worked tirelessly, fiercely, tyrannically to bring positive change and decency
to his "subjects". Where were all of the leaders who sought to subjugate his people under a reign of all-pervasive freedom, liberty, justice (well,
just enough to keep the people happy) and prosperity. I couldn't understand why an evil tyrant would possibly want to rule a population that, for
all intents and purposes, would despise their "leader".
This is why I would want to be King of the World -- a benevolent tyrant who worked ceaselessly to make his subjects happy and content -- even if
it was against their will! Of course, I'd have a palace, I'm the leader after all, but it would be a tastefully modest palace. Of course I'd
have privilege, but I wouldn't Lord it over my people. And, naturally, I'd have my detractors, but I wouldn't kill or imprison them....instead I
would put them in charge of "correcting" whatever policy of mine they disagreed with. If they succeeded in genuinely making things better --- sweet
-- I'd reward them and, in turn, my people would only come to realize my benevolence even more. There's just that initial purge of suspects that my
taint my entry into power and control. Oh well, I'll keep working on that part.
Nevertheless, this is the origin of the benevolent tyrant. Incidentally, I must also point out my carefully planned and orchestrated
self-effacing humility. I never capitalize benevolent tyrant. I am simply too humble. Furthermore, I use no avatar. I could not help but notice
that almost every tyrant in power always has massive paintings, billboards or statues of their image. To me this is the ultimate mark or sign that
you are being controlled by a malevolent tyrant. Thus, no avatar for me for I am the benevolent tyrant.
TextPlease Note: I am the benevolent tyrant....and I am not to be confused with Benevolent Heretic. Although Benevolent Heretic is, most
likely, a good and decent person whom I have nothing but the greatest respect. I am not to be confused with her (unless, of course, it means that I
get her points). I am the benevolent tyrant, the first benevolent "anything" on ATS.