Tyranny never endures, because the source of power is undermined by its administration.
Ruthless severity in the administration of power – the imposing of strict limits on others' freedom – can never be a consistent strategy, for by its very consistency a greater counter force is encouraged to grow.
Severity can be imposed in specific circumstances, when the situation calls for it, but it must be specific in intent and limited in duration to be successful. In the proper exercise of leadership, strong actions must be balanced by mild and compassionate ones to achieve balance.
When the waters of a lake rise above the dam, the water spills over without hesitation.
When limits in a particular situation have suddenly been overcome, nervous hesitancy to act is bound to be a mistake. Seize the moment!