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Misconceptions of Power

April 2007

Misconceptions of Power:

There is therefore no question of a power vested in the race as a whole steadily growing as long as the race survives. The last men, far from being the heirs of power, will be of all men most subject to the dead hand of the great planners and conditioners and will themselves exercise least power upon the future.

— C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Or, to paraphrase: if you stand on the backs of giants, you better hope they're pointed in the right direction. (Via Ask Reddit: Is it arrogant and elitist to want to invent the future?)