Edmund must have known a few politicians. We seem to have very few true statesmen and way too many opportunists. Neither of our major parties have a corner on opportunity and concealing the truth.
We hear an awful lot about 'entitlements' in a very negative way. Do our politicians think they are 'entitled'? Do our politicians play to their 'base' instead of the good for all? Is our political system subject to nepotism?
Religion and religious individuals are capable of defending their errors, instead of admitting mistakes and taking appropriate action to correct those errors and change their dogma. Are they afraid God will disinherit them and bless someone else?
At a very early age, I learned that it didn't pay to deny my errors and to blatently lie to my parents, when asked point blank if I had done something wrong. Dad called it consequences instead of punishment. I payed for my mistakes in various ways (quite often with a good paddling). How much better was it to learn from those paddlings instead of going through life and never understanding that wrong behaviour had consequences? I learned that praise and blessings were only deserved when I acted like I should and took responsibility for my mistakes.