Artful Dilettante

“Good men are unwilling to rule, either for money’s sake or for honor. They have no wish to be called mercenary for demanding to be paid, or thieves for making a secret profit from their office; nor yet will honors tempt them for they are not ambitious. So they must be forced to consent to rule under threat of penalty; that may be why a readiness to accept power under no constraints is thought to be discreditable. And the heaviest penalty for declining to rule, is to be ruled by some inferior to yourself. That is the fear, I believe, that makes decent people accept power.”—Socrates

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