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When the chalice of power becomes poisoned with compromised ethics

Submitted Editorial:

by Conrad Doyle


 What happens when well-intended people with well-intended plans get elected or appointed to well-respected positions of power? What changes in the chemical makeup of the brain of good folks that over time seems to change the person's ability to know right from wrong? Is that person even aware of these changes?

 In my lifetime, I have witnessed more good and well-intended people that, for reasons most of them cannot explain, have in the words of Darth Vader "gone to the dark side.” If asked, not a single one of them could point to one singular event or decision that caused them to eventually compromise themselves and/or the position they held. I had a pastor (from another state) that admitted that for him, the power opened doors he never imagined and temptations that became too great to deny.