A few random thoughts to ponder...
The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.
Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
But the fundamentalist reserves his greatest creativity for the fashioning of Satan, the image of his foe, in opposition to which he defines and gives meaning to his own life.
Give me the judgment of balanced minds in preference to laws every time. Codes and manuals create patterned behavior. All patterned behavior tends to go unquestioned, gathering destructive momentum.
-Darwi Odrade in Chapterhouse Dune