"Never did a prisoner, released from his chains, feel such relief as I shall on shaking off the shackles of power." -Thomas Jefferson (sixty-five years of age) looking forward to his retirement.
Relationships are tricky. One person's push is another person's pull. We yank. We cut our teeth on the sharp stabs of guilt. We manipulate leverage. We're people after all: flawed and weak, and wonderfully resilient. Countries, on the other hand, are far more depraved.