"Shantaram", by Gregory David Roberts

"Shantaram", by Gregory David Roberts, has these interesting passages - (Excerpt from pages 349 - 350)......

"The world is run by one million evil men, ten million stupid men & a hundred million cowards.
The evil men are the power- the rich men & the politician & the fanatics of religion- whose decisions rule the world & set it on its course of greed & destruction. There are only one million of them, the truly evil men in the whole world - the very rich & the very powerful, whose decisions really count.
The stupid men, who number ten million, are the soldiers & policemen, who enforce the rule of evil men. They are often brave but they are stupid, too, because they give their lives for governments & causes, that use their flesh & blood, as mere chess pieces. Those governments always betray them, or let them down, or abandon them, in the long run. Nations neglect no men more shamefully, than the 'heroes of their war."
And the hundred million cowards are the bureaucrats & paper shufflers & pen-pushers, who permit the rule of the evil men & look the other way. They are the head of this department, & the secretary of that committee & the president of the other association. They are managers & officials & mayors, & officers of the court. They always defend themselves by saying that they are just following orders, or just doing their job & it's nothing personal & if they don't do it, someone else surely will. They are the hundred million cowards who know what is going on, but say nothing, while they sign the paper that puts one man before a firing-squad, or condemns one million men to the slower death of a famine.
The rest of us, all six billion of us, do pretty much what we are told."

And that's how it honestly seems to.be - anywhere & everywhere....


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