Choose your leaders | Octavia E. Butler, 1998

Jim Henson Sid the Cookie Monster Sesame Street 1966

Jim Henson, Sid the Cookie Monster, Sesame Street, 1966

“Choose your leaders
with wisdom and forethought.
To be led by a coward
is to be controlled
by all that the coward fears.
To be led by a fool
is to be led
by the opportunists
who control the fool.
To be led by a thief
is to offer up
your most precious treasures
to be stolen.
To be led by a liar
is to ask
to be told lies.
To be led by a tyrant
is to sell yourself
and those you love
into slavery.”

Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents, chapter 11, 1998

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