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Wednesday, March 12. 2008
Definitely useful for low-life politicians too: The 48 Laws of Power.
I was introduced to this book by a lovely but rather innocent and sheltered patient who was seduced away from her husband and three kids by a man who, she realized, lived by the principles espoused in this book. She came to see me for help in rejoining her family, but it was too late for that.
(Dr. Scott Peck wrote one of the best popular books about sociopathy and narcissism, People of the Lie, which has helped many to become alert to some of the personality types one might wish to avoid.)
Of the 48 Laws book, Publisher's Weekly said in 1998:
In other words, those without a functional moral compass and lacking in human empathy: those for whom people are just tools. Everybody has his dark side, but fortunately most of us are not ruled by it.
Books like this can let people be aware of what sorts of people there are out there in the big world - even if it is not the intent of the book. As I have said, I trust people who pursue money more than I trust people who pursue power because, best used, money gives you power over your own life - not the lives of others.
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Is this a good discussion area to bring up the subject of "online education"?
I thought you folks would be pleased to see how easy it has become for "some" of the oppressed (sp?) to move up in the glass elevator:
I sold my copy of this book realizing that I really didn't care what they espoused. I also read somewhere that the authors wrote this in a formula sort of way like their other books. More as a money making work than having something to say.
Book is worth at least skimming once, has some good stories, read the Amazon reviews too. Just don't take it to heart.
i kind of agree, just off the Amazon skim -- the notion of intrinsic evil is not too shocking, and is far less practical than the simple "evil is as evil does". IOW, no matter what self-demonizing any imagination can brew up on the basis of what David Mamet's essay calls the perfectionist's "...and yet", whether or not you're evil as far as the universe outside your mind, is totally dependent on acts -- on the things you "do" (or don't do, which isn't really any different). IMHO anyhoo --
I purchased a copy of this book as well as one of his others. While I found them unattractive, I must say that knowing about techniques that will be used on you, as surly as the sun rises in the east, is helpful.
And what is to be said of the use of such books as the Art of War and The Five Rings (a book on japanese sword techniques whose general principles were being used in the executive boardroom)?
I like that attitude, grant. It makes it so much easier to crush you like a bug.
Didn't say I would roll over, Some bugs have teeth. I want to be left alone for the most part and the 48 laws of power don't fit in with that idea.
Excerpts from People of the Lie may be found at;
Evil isn't subject to healing but evil's victims are.
This book appears worthy of a read.
Good Lenten find, Dr. Joy.
I think the point is that humans are not to be trusted until they have earned some trust. Humans are animals, so you have to be careful with them until you know them.
Well BD, I appreciate the warning but reckon I'll read it anyway.
Matter o fact, I just esourced it and put a hold at regional library.
I read the good doctor's bio and he seems tame enough.
Curiously he lived along Bliss Rd.
Me also, put hold on A Road Less Traveled.
Raccoons and I get along well enough here, on me lil acres.
Thanks fer the caution, though.
The regnant operative in life is self preservation. Those who mistakenly replace, for whatever reason, this concept do not usually last very long and through natural selection are finally bred out of the population. That is a good thing.
On this Earth awareness that you can be had in a moment is paramount and it's a growth industry with China ginning up and the Soviets regression to the gulag mentality. I think characterizing Henry Kissinger as a sociopath is a bit much as well as Machiavelli (although we weren't close).
This book (withou benefit of reading it ) sound like something in the genre of Mathew Lesko's get rich from government grants late night TV commericals. But in reality I must not critique this book since I haven't read it, just the reviews...hoever I don't think I'll read it and have it cut inot my time re-reading "The Prince" and Mao's "Little Red Book"...now those are power books.
''Mathew Lesko's get rich from government grants late night TV commericals'' --proud to be an Austinite!
I am not characterizing them as sociopaths. There are times to be tough, but I would never say that Kissinger leads his personal life that way. In fact, that is the difference.
I'm thinking maybe a publication entitled "The 50 Laws Of Power" would be a bigger seller, given it's greater scope.
Law #1 ... don't use PADI articles to refute economic arguments.
Law#2 ,,, don't throw the first insult.
See there's two power moves right there for those sufficiently perceptive enough to grasp them.
File under "If Hollywood can do it"
Habu wins first annual Habu Award for being Habuian
In a ceremony near the cooter turtle pond on the estate of Habu in Orange Park, the First Annual Habuian Award was presented by Habu to himself.
Stating, "I'd like to thank all the people who believe in bombing the f*ck out of Iran, and those who dislike socialism".
Habu, with barbecue still stuck in his teeth, continued for a few more moments while making sucking sounds in a vain attempt to dislodge the pig. A suitable toothpick was supplied by one of the guests and the festivities continued.
Congrats Habu !!
Did you put the pig's head on a stake a pay it proper obeisance?
That would have been most fitting for your singular fete.