Tyrannies

“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, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology)

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1 Response to Tyrannies

  1. Ilíon says:

    I think Lewis slightly missed the mark here — and who can blame him, for no one had thought of this yet.

    A tyranny more oppressive yet than that he delineated may be one that is exercised solely for the purpose of signalling the moral superiority (i.e. virtue-signalling (*) ) of the petty tyrants.

    (*) An amusing thing about virtue-signalling is that while the word ‘virtue’ signifies strength, virtue-signalling is all about advertising one’s moral superiority as based on one’s (claimed) weakness.

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