Whenever i find myself in dominion over myself not sufficient for me, and undertake the direction of others, I overstep the truth…it hurts like a lie between me and them. Love and nature cannot maintain this assumption it must be executed by force. I can see well enough a difference between my setting myself down in self control and my going to make someone act after my views (I’ve been guilty of this!) But when a quarter of the human race assume to tell me what I must do I may be too much disturbed by the circumstances to see clearly the absurdity of their command. The antidote to this abuse of government is the influence of private character, the growth of the individual. It promises a recognition of higher rights than those of personal freedom or the security of property. A person has the right to be employed, to be trusted, to be loved… The power of love as a basis of a State has never been tried… there is not a reliance on moral sentiment and a belief in the unity of things. To persuade society be maintained because the private citizen might be reasonable, a good neighbor, without hint of jail or confiscation. Is it impossible that thousands of humans exercise toward each other the simplest of sentiments – love?
Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘Politics’