QOTD for IWD: Aung San Suu Kyi

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.

Categories: ethics & philosophy, gender & feminism, Politics, relationships


7 replies

  1. Um, it’s Aung San Suu Kyi. But yes, she is inspirational. I’ll have to remember this (I have my own deep suspicions of power).

    • Thanks, I noticed the typo but got locked out by WP and couldn’t fix it last night. Let’s see if it will let me edit now

  2. Great quote! It seems to me fear and desire are two sides of the same coin in so far as if you desire something, then you fear losing it; and if you do not desire something, then you will not fear losing it.

  3. Tigtog: Has Feministe shut down? The URL now takes you to a GoDaddy domain reservation page saying the registration lapsed on March 16. Renewal snafus are not unknown, but two weeks is a long time to rectify. I know Feministe is not the blog it once was, but it would be a sad day for feminism if Feministe has, indeed, permanently shut its doors.

    (Apologies for the out of place question; this appears to be your only Hoyden thread currently taking comments.)

  4. Glad to see Feministe is back. Good idea about the sidebar thing.

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