You give up what you want when you want power. I found this quote a few years ago while watching the TV series, Kings, loosely based on the Biblical story, set in a contemporary New York instead of Jerusalem. This quote, if you notice, is the precise evolution of «deny yourself and follow me».
Cruel is what we must become in order to rule the world- not the entire world, but our own. Cruel: we must be ruthless. The point is to stay focused. We give up everything- ourselves, what we want, friendship, love- every feeling could be a distraction. We must not leave room to weakness. Cruel and ruthless, if we want to win.
Yes, I could be sweeter, but never more sincere. At stake, there is Italy.
Maleficent is not an updated remake of Sleeping Beauty, it is a biographical flashback of the most formidable evil governor.
You see: we are not talking about fairy tales; we are talking about how to become leaders.