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Power Corrupts
May 10, 2004 — 9:35 am

Reminders of Lord Acton’s dictum can be found everywhere. I just came across this passage from Robert Fripp’s online diary, May 4, 2004 (no permalink available):

T & I lunched in the Houses of Parliament with a pal who is an MP. I was interested to note his passion concerning the shortcomings of those in politics; much the same as my own regarding the shortcomings & failures of those in the music industry. There are responsibilities & duties which accompany certain positions in life & society; where these are turned to serve the personal & limited interests of those who hold positions of authority, life becomes unnecessarily hard for those held in their sway. But in the music industry you are less likely to die when a power-possessor screws up.

Kinda reminded me of this passage from the Doctrine and Covenants, 129:39, about the corrupting influence of all kinds of power:

We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.

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