We live in a symbolic world. Symbolism inhibits nearly every narrative, in every culture, in every nation around the world. There is little that we do in our daily existence that doesn't involve perception and not ultimate truth.
After all human beings don't do very well without it. We transmit tradition and belief systems using symbolic constructs, oral history and theory written by by seers, prophets, and philosophers. We pretend to know good from evil, right from wrong, good behaviors from bad, lawful from lawless and son on.
Because truth outside of natural science is at best subjective, and as fluid as humanism. It certainly doesn't help that we are sensual beings who are fear based and second guessers.
That is why it has become so important to understand the nuances we teach our children and portray to our friends and foes.
We are now in a time that even the smallest judgement creates a chasm so wide we no longer speak to each other, socialize or try to resolve our differences. And there are many.
Some use this disconnect from our reality to either enhance personal power, or attain wealth. Not to say all power and wealth is detrimental. In the right hands these can be unifying forces that bind culture and society.
And then there are the Nay Sayers, using negative examples and exceptions to gain advantage and profess their false narratives.
That left is right, and right is wrong, or speaking your mind is hateful, or racist and bigoted.
No problem that has ever existed in human history has solved itself. There was Hitler, Mao, Castro, Che', Talat Pasha, Josef Mengele, Osama Bin Laden, Maximilien Robespierre, Nero and so on. These men used the power of persuasion and brute force to create a negative influence on the populations of our world.
Listed below are just a few of those who made the world a better place with the use of positive persuasion.
People with positive effects on the world...