Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Conversations with Calliope- Service or Power

Troubled Seas-Peter Langen
(Troubled Seas- Peter Langen)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. How are Dreamweaver and your website coming along?
JOE: I'm making progress and will let you know when it's finished.
CALLIOPE: Sounds like you have something else on your mind this morning.
JOE: I do. Reading the paper earlier about all the posturing and infighting in Washington and Albany, I recalled the saying, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
CALLIOPE: I remember the saying. What was the context?
JOE: I wondered that myself. It turns out that John Acton said it in response to Pope Pius IX promulgating the dogma of papal infallibility.
CALLIOPE: I didn't realize that.
JOE: Neither did I. But it fit right in with my thoughts about our legislatures.
JOE: They were elected to serve their constituents but now the New York State and Federal legislators both appear too busy with their power struggles to get anything done for the public benefit.
CALLIOPE: That's a pessimistic conclusion for you to express.
JOE: I agree. I try to see the positive in any situation, but I'm still looking in this case.
CALLIOPE: Do you suppose it's another of life's mysteries?
JOE: I suppose so. But somehow I have trouble letting it go at that. Talk with you tomorrow.

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