Originally Posted by thoglette
And yet, after all that, I'm still a Lotus fan.
We've all heard Lord Acton's famous words "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." The sentence has become sufficiently ubiquitous that most English-speaking people have encountered it.
But it always seemed to me that Lord Acton's next sentence from the same letter is the one that should
have become famous, so that it could be a warning to all of us: "Great men are almost always bad men."
Perhaps it says more about what humanity reveres most, and clearly, it's not goodness. For example, you cannot rise to political leadership of any country, without first being willing to make decisions that cause other people to die, often in large numbers.