It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.
From Freedom from Fear
I heard this quoted on the radio today, and it was new to me, but it suddenly put a new slant on my thinking about social dynamics at every level, from the most intimate relationships to international diplomacy.
Fear is the mind-killer. The Bene Gesserit were correct.
Fight fear. Be resilient. Resist.