Václav Havel On Power

BC30694F-E36F-40A6-B2A2-6E10EB19907CVáclav Havel (October 5, 1936 – December 18, 2011)

All power is power over someone, and it always somehow responds, usually unwittingly rather than deliberately, to the state of mind and the behavior of those it rules over… No one can govern in a vacuum. The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: Everyone has a small part of himself in both.