The confusion of order and measure of crimes is dangerous: Murthers, Traitors and Tyrants, have much gaine by it….As Socrates said, that the chiefest office of wisdome was to distinguish goods and evils. [Essayes, Vol. III, 20.]
In making the above remark, Montaigne was thinking of the evil of drink; today, a more serious cause of the same irresponsible behavior is the evil of power. For:
No excellent minde is freely exempted from some or other entermixture of folly.