Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.
– Bertrand Russell
Well, let’s take a look at some of the men in the news today:
- First, the powerful economist who decided, since he had a few minutes before lunching with his daughter, to force a head-scarved maid to have sex with him;
- and then the powerful former governor/movie star who’s so sorry he didn’t tell anybody he fathered a child with a woman who worked in his (and his wife’s) house;
- the powerful Presidential candidate who divorced his cancer-dying first wife, had an affair with his lovely God-fearing present wife just after his second was diagnosed with MS, and who now owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to Tiffany’s, presumably for jewels for all those wives;
- the powerful Supreme Court justice who made it there despite the porn movies and the pubic hair on the Coke can, who tells us the Court’s critics are either illiterate or lazy;
- and that whole group of powerful God-fearing child-abusing men who, the Catholic Church has just decided, only did it because they were trying to fit in with the hippies.
No, I think Henry Kissinger had more insight into this than Bertrand.