Drunk on Power

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. [42]


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