Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Here’s a man who ‘willingly’ and ‘eagerly’ gave up power. He decided, after a walk in the snow, that his time to relinquish power had come. That’s unique, isn’t it?
Pierre Trudeau, Canada’s former prime minister, made some memorable statements. “Canada must be a just society” and, “The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation”.
He sought periods of solitude. Who can forget his many canoe trips on the northern rivers of Canada’s wilderness? This is what he said about that …
For it is a condition of a [canoe] trip that you entrust yourself, stripped of your worldly goods, to nature. To remove all the useless material baggage from a man’s heritage is, at the same time, to free his mind from petty preoccupations, calculations and memories.
Kissinger equated power with the ultimate aphrodisiac. Past regimes have tried, as are current regimes worldwide, to cling to power no matter what the human cost. History was made with human blood … and the tradition continues.
What’s your take on “Power”?