Monday, September 21, 2015

"Aristotle (d. 322 BCE) reminds us

that all tyrants invariably surround themselves with sycophants because they cannot bear to hear the truth. But the tyrant also needs these yes-men because he demands tacit approval of his beliefs and actions, and what he fears most is an honest and critical look at himself. The more a tyrant's power increases, the less he tolerates dissent. And what is true for a tyrant is also true for a tyrannical nation."
-Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Introduction to the Prayer of the Oppressed, p. 5.