I like these words of wisdom from Matthew Henry, from his commentary on the 16th chapter of the book of Numbers in the Bible. They seem just as alive and relevant for our country and world today as when he penned them about 300 years ago.
"Note, The pride, ambition, and emulation, of great men, have always been the occasion of a great deal of mischief both in churches and states. God by his grace make great men humble, and so give peace in our time, O Lord! Famous men, and men of renown, as these are described to be, were the great sinners of the old world, Gen_6:4. The fame and renown which they had did not content them; they were high, but would be higher, and thus the famous men became infamous."