Culture is a bad qualification for a ruling class because…

Culture is a bad qualification for a ruling class because it does not qualify men to rule. The things we really need in our rulers—mercy, financial integrity, practical intelligence, hard work, and the like—are no more likely to be found in cultured persons than in anyone else.

— from p.46-47 of “The World’s Last Night And Other Essays” by C. S. Lewis (1960).

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