Archive for the ‘power’ Category

A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse

November 18, 2010

Shakespeare immortalised Richard III, a King betrayed, unhorsed, surrounded by his enemies and finally calling out “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.” All his wealth, power and kingdom he would gladly have traded merely for a horse in that moment when faced with death. What use was his kingdom then?

And when man has gained all and must stand before his Judge on that Day, he may cry out as if mimicking Richard: “Righteousness, righteousness, all I own for righteousness!” What will a man give in exchange for his soul?

I’ve found that a kind word with a gun gets more than a kind word

October 3, 2009

I’ve found that a kind word with a gun gets more than a kind word.

John Dillinger

Of the infinite desires of man, the chief are the desires for power and glory

September 19, 2009

Of the infinite desires of man, the chief are the desires for power and glory.

Bertrand Russell, Power, 1938

Hagar the Horrible was asked which he’d choose: power, gold or true happiness

September 19, 2009

The comic strip character Hagar the Horrible was asked which he’d choose: power, gold or true happiness. ‘Power. With power I’d get the gold and then I’d be happy.’

Steve Hagan, Buddhism, p.36

The possession of unlimited power will make a despot of almost any man

September 16, 2009

The possession of unlimited power will make a despot of almost any man. There is a possible Nero in the gentlest human creature that walks.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Thomas Bailey Aldrich (November 11, 1836 – March 19, 1907) was an American poet, novelist, traveler and editor, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (Wikipedia)

(Since) power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely (therefore) Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. Here are the greatest names coupled with the greatest crimes; you would spare those criminals, for some mysterious reason. I would hang them higher than Haman, for reasons of quite obvious justice, still more, still higher for the sake of historical science.

Lord Acton Dalberg in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, 1887, arguing for greater, not lesser accountability for those in high offices such a popes and presidents


September 16, 2009

Many are the despots (Nero, Mao, Stalin) who were able to control others but not themselves.

Power through religion

September 16, 2009

If we will work unitedly, we can work ourselves into wealth, health, prosperity and power, and this is required of us. It is the duty of a Saint of God to gain all the influence he can on this earth, and to use every particle of that influence to do good. If this is not his duty, I do not understand what the duty of man is.

Brigham Young, quoted in Truth Will Prevail, a Mormon publication documenting the church’s history in this country.

But the church is not called to power and influence in this sense. It is called to meekness and suffering as Christ and his apostles did and all the godly have always done.

Brigham Young (June 1, 1801 – August 29, 1877) was an American leader in the Latter Day Saint movement and a settler of the western United States. He was the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1847 until his death and was the founder of Salt Lake City and the first governor of Utah Territory, United States. Brigham Young University was named in his honor. (Wikipedia)


September 16, 2009

You’re it

I make castles, You be ghost,

I kick football , You be post.

I play teacher, You be taught,

I play crime squad, You be caught.

I play tag chase, You be it,

I play kick box, You be hit.

I play hero, You be man,

I play film star, You play fan.

I play farmer, You be pig,

I play doctor, You be sick.

I play leader, You be led,

I play soldier, You be dead.

Steve Turner, Dad, You’re Not Funny, Lion, 2000, p.38

The party in the last analysis is always right

September 9, 2009

Comrades, none of us wishes or is able to be right against his party. The party in the last analysis is always right, because the party is the sole historical instrument given to the proletariat for the solution of its basic problems . . . I know that one cannot be right against the party. It is only possible to be right with the party and through the party, for history has not created other ways for the realisation of what is right.

Trotsky, 1924, 13th Party Congress

Stalin gained control of the party and used these words against him. Once the State is absolute, power is all that is left. So political power would come from the barrel of a gun (Mao) and ‘To make omlettes you need to break a few eggs” (Lenin) referring to his terror tactics.

Character and Power

August 3, 2009

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln

(Because power allows corrupt nature to be exposed unless it is restrained by God’s Spirit -whether in common or special grace.)