Although this is from a daily devotion built from C.S. Lewis’ works, the origin of this one is Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. If you aren’t familiar with it, it is a collection of missives, where an experienced demon is giving advice to his newbie nephew on how to cause the newphew’s mark to fail.
This quote seemed apropos of many men and women (especially within the political realm or aspects thereof):
We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons.
— A Year with C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works by C.S. Lewis
Are you family or food to people?