Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

–C. S. Lewis


A little Virgil for your Friday

‘O socii—neque enim ignari sumus ante malorum—
O passi graviora, dabit deus his quoque finem.
Vos et Scyllaeam rabiem penitusque sonantis
accestis scopulos, vos et Cyclopea saxa
experti: revocate animos, maestumque timorem
mittite: forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit.
Per varios casus, per tot discrimina rerum
tendimus in Latium; sedes ubi fata quietas
ostendunt; illic fas regna resurgere Troiae.
Durate, et vosmet rebus servate secundis.’

“O comrades–for we are not unknowing of prior ills–O you having suffered burdens, the god will give to these things an end. You have approached raging Scylla and within the sounding crags, you have come forth from the Cyclopean rocks: call back your spirits, and send off this mournful trembling. Perhaps to recall even these things will one day be pleasing. Through varied fortunes, through so many crises of state, we hold towards Latium, where the fates show tranquil seats; thither it is right to raise up the Trojan kingdoms. Harden yourselves, and save yourselves with things to come.”

The Aeneid, Book 1