Politicians, Governors, Generals are almost always stupid people, otherwise why
should they be Governor and Generals? Politicians are almost always mediocre
people, otherwise why should they waste their lives in politics? Much more is
available, and they waste their lives just in competition, they are just on the
I am not against
anybody. I have no grudge, no competition, no jealousy. Why should I be against
the politicians? I am not a politician. But my statements can be misunderstood.
I am against the disease called will-to-power.
This is the greatest disease, as far as man's consciousness and its growth is
It is just like cancer; it is the cancer of the soul.
Will-to-power can express itself in many ways.
The easiest is politics, because it does not need much intelligence. All that
it needs is the capacity to create false hopes in the masses, hopes which have
never been fulfilled, which were never meant to be fulfilled; their purpose was
something else. And the masses are in suffering. They are poor, they are
ignorant. They also need all the comforts of life, they also want to live like
human beings, with dignity.
The politician gives them the hope, and exploits the hope for his own purpose,
because once he gets the power, once he becomes somebody -- a prime minister, a
president -- then something in him feels at ease. It was his psychological
These people are basically, deep down, impotent -- hence the urge to power.
They feel their weakness and powerlessness; they know they are nobodies. But if
they can convince the mediocre mob that they will be fulfilling their needs,
then it is a mutual understanding, a bargain. Then the masses give them power.
Once they have got the power, they forget all their promises; in fact, they
never meant them, and once they have the power, then you see their real
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