Lucretius compares elections to the burden of Sisyphus

 

“And Sisyphus exists in life, right here before our eyes:

The man consumed with seeking the accoutrements of office

From the people, who always comes back sad and beaten. To be driven

To seek power–an illusion after all–which is never given,

And undergo endless hard toil and striving for it still,

This is the art of struggling to shove a stone uphill,

Which, at the very peak, only goes bounding down again,

Seeking, quick as it can, the level field of the campaign.

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