Power play

In a recent lecture on the exercise of political power, David R. Young claimed that although much attention is paid “to the physical and intellectual dimensions” of the exercise of political power, little or none is paid today to “the emotional, nonrational or spiritual dimension.” And yet, argued Young, “it is the spiritual character of the individual human being as a whole . . . that has the greatest impact on how such power is wielded—for better or worse, for good or ill.” If Young is right—and I think he is—then all will depend on how one understands the spiritual character.

 

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