Again I took a nap after lunch. Then I finished up my homework.
Factor I.—An official wants to multiply subordinates, not rivals; and
"In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation..." —Great Law of the Iroquois
The Seventh Generation originated with the Iroquois when they thought it was appropriate to think seven generations ahead (a couple hundred years into the future) and decide whether the decisions they make today would benefit their children seven generations into the future.
Factor II.—Officials make work for each other.
Seven generation sustainability is an ecological concept that urges the current generation of humans to live sustainably and work for the benefit of the seventh generation into the future.
whilst Macbeth persists in recurring to the self-concerning:
Like everybody else, I'd love to have a drink with the President in the Oval Office. But the purpose of his well-meant and beautifully engraved invitation is not social, it is political and influential, and I have found that in the world of political journalism, good fences make good neighbors.
Oppose this to Banquo's simple surprise:
on the entrance of the deeper traitor for whom Cawdor had made way! And here in contrast with Duncan's 'plenteous joys,' Macbeth has nothing but the common-places of loyalty, in which he hides himself with 'our duties.' Note the exceeding effort of Macbeth's addresses to the king, his reasoning on his allegiance, and then especially when a new difficulty, the designation of a successor, suggests a new crime. This, however, seems the first distinct notion, as to the plan of realizing his wishes; and here, therefore, with great propriety, Macbeth's cowardice of his own conscience discloses itself. I always think there is something especially Shakspearian in Duncan's speeches throughout this scene, such pourings forth, such abandonments, compared with the language of vulgar dramatists, whose characters seem to have made their speeches as the actors learn them.