“At your highest moment, be careful. That’s when the devil comes for you.” ~ Denzel Washington
These are brilliant words by Washington. He said this to Will Smith who, by his shocking tantrum at the Oscar ceremony, revealed to the world that he is a boorish man-child and a quick-tempered lunatic. I can’t bear to watch Smith’s frivolous and third-class movies. He is a really bad actor. I like Washington’s serious kind of movies. Washington’s words were probably wasted on a man-child like Smith.
Washington’s words apply to nations too. When a nation is at its highest moment, when it has become powerful and prosperous—that is when the devil comes for it. A nation at its highest moment does terrible things to its own people and to outsiders, and eventually it self-destructs.