The most important thing is to be right about what's important, and do it when it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, for as long as it needs to be done in each situation as it arises, with sincerity and spontaneity, without contrivance, judgment or opinion, situation-by-situation, day-by-day for as long as we live. No one could do better than that.
Jesus had no impact upon the political realities of his day. Neither did the Buddha. Politics is the arena of "What's in it for me and my people." Of "How can I get the most while giving up the least?" Jesus and the Buddha were interested in creating and maintaining an environment in which individuals were enabled/allowed to incarnate their full potential for self-realization and self-expression, while assisting and encouraging-- not limiting or restricting-- their neighbors' self-development. Their approaches were based upon good faith, sincerity, and non-contrivance-- upon people being true to themselves, aligned with their Original Nature, and living in accord with the Tao within the dynamic of opposites constantly at work in the world. A fluid state of being which requires negotiation and compromise on the part of all concerned-- has no chance of being realized in a world where power and control are in command, where domination rules, and a shaky status-quo is the best that can be hoped for. Disciples of Jesus and the Buddha and the servants of Tao are left with walking two paths at the same time-- realizing what's what and working within the givens that govern their lives in living aligned with their Best Self (The Atman within), and enabling others to do the same to the fullest extent possible over the entire course of their lives.
We have time on our hands. We are bored, looking for a good time to pass the time with, and this isn't it. That is the human condition. Marianne Moore said, "The cure for loneliness is solitude." The very idea is off-putting. The cure for loneliness is a party! But until we meet what meets us in the silence, we are a broken record (That's a metaphor that has outlived its usefulness), "going nowhere fast." We don't want to hear it. Our fingers are in our ears. We are going "Nah, nah, nah..." Growing up is the province of realization and acquiescence. It is trumped by denial and anything that will take our mind off our problems. Anything that will keep us from meeting what meets us in the silence. And here we are. Waiting for some shift in our modus operandi. Nothing can change until something changes. But the silence is always there.