Ruling the world?

There are so many movies and stories about some bad man who collects and army of nasty things, from commandos to demons to zombies, and wants to use them to conquer the world. Generally, because that is the way the story goes, the good guys foil his plans in various heroic and wonderful ways, sometimes at the last minute. But I have always wondered: Whatever would that “king of the world” do with the world when he conquered it? Sure, he can plunder the riches, but there are only so many of them on the planet, and if he or his armies kill most of everyone, then there is no one to make any beautiful new things, because the conqueror can’t or won’t make anything beautiful for himself. Keeping everyone enslaved and miserable certainly does not work well in the long run. Unhappy people rebel! And there is no way he can run everything: this means he has to trust others to take care of things. But who can he trust? Anyone vicious enough to want to hang out with such a big bully has got to be a bully himself, and has got to want to get power away from the bully as soon as possible, and so on, and so on.

It seems to me that conquering the world is far more trouble than it looks, and most bullies have not thought things through. The ones to watch out for are the ones that have considered all the pitfalls of world domination, and that have figured out how to get things the way they want them so subtly that you don’t realize your freedom is being stolen from you even when it is. Watch out for those!

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