Today, rather than writing out my thoughts about politics and the state of the world, I am going to share a passage from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which really resonated with me this time around. (I have read these books about a million times as they are a root of my childhood. I just finished that book and am on to the fifth Harry Potter book.)
Here it goes:
“‘…[T]imes like that bring out the best in some people and the worst in others. Crouch’s principles might’ve been good in the beginning–I wouldn’t know. He rose quickly through the ministry, and he started ordering harsh measures against Voldemort’s supporters. The Aurors were given new powers–powers to kill rather than capture, for instance. And I wasn’t the only one who was handed straight to the dementors without trial. Crouch fought violence with violence, and authorized the use of the Unforgivable Curses against suspects. I would say he became as ruthless and cruel as many on the Dark Side. He had his supporters, mind you–plenty of people thought he was going about things the right way, and there were a lot of witches and wizards clamoring for him to take over as Minister of Magic. When Voldemort disappeared, it looked like only a matter of time until Crouch got the top job. Then something rather unfortunate happened…'”
All I can say is that I think Mrs. Rowling was on to something about people’s nature. Does it remind you of anybody in politics today?