Powerful government tends to draw into it people with bloated egos, people who think they know more than everyone else and have little hesitance in coercing their fellow man. Or as Nobel Laureate Friedrich Hayek said, ‘In government, the scum rises to the top’.
Walter E Williams (via anarchei)
Yet another contrast: Remember what you felt like when you had power, you were the boss, people looked up to you, took orders from you; or when you were popular. And contrast that worldly feeling with the feeling of intimacy, companionship-the times you thoroughly en­joyed yourself in the company of a friend or with a group in which there was fun and laugh­ter.
Having done this, attempt to understand the true nature of worldly feelings, namely, the feel­ings of self-promotion, self-glorification. They are not natural, they were invented by your so­ciety and your culture to make you productive and to make you controllable. These feelings do not produce the nourishment and happiness that is produced when one contemplates Nature or enjoys the company of one’s friends or one’s work. They were meant to produce thrills, ex­citement-and emptiness.
Anthony De Mello (via lazylucid)