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I do not Want to be a Bishop – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Leadership, Politics, Power, Quotes

The tyrants departed from Greece unlamented, and never to be revived again even in wishful thinking, except for Plato’s rulers who were to be given absolute power only upon the condition that they did not want it, a curious parallel to the attitude prescribed by the early Church. A man appointed to the episcopacy was required to say—perhaps still must say, forms live so long after the spirit once in them is dead—“I do not want to be a bishop. Nolo episcopari.” To the Fathers of the Church as to Plato, no one who desired power was fit to wield it.

One for those Ministers who rule out leadership challenges…

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