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Nonfiction
« on: July 30, 2018, 12:16:21 PM »

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Re: Nonfiction
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2018, 06:09:02 PM »

Some thoughts while reading the Prince by Machiavelli...

It is better to be loved than feared.

A prince who rises because of love is the best.

It is better to have your own army, as opposed to an auxiliary army or mercenaries, and an all volunteer army that fights for love of country will be the best.

Do not become lazy during the good times, always keep improving and always be industrious.

It is better to take money from your enemies and give the money to your people, then your people will love you, and your enemies already hate you so it does not matter.

Prepare for hard times, and during hard times be optimistic and tell your people that times will improve, and when times improve then your people will love you more.

Always pick a side. And always have an opinion.

Pick up the flag when the people need a leader, and lead them.

Salute,

Tony V.
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Re: Nonfiction
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2018, 07:30:38 PM »

Some thoughts while reading the Prince by Machiavelli...

It is better to be loved than feared.

A prince who rises because of love is the best.

It is better to have your own army, as opposed to an auxiliary army or mercenaries, and an all volunteer army that fights for love of country will be the best.

Do not become lazy during the good times, always keep improving and always be industrious.

It is better to take money from your enemies and give the money to your people, then your people will love you, and your enemies already hate you so it does not matter.

Prepare for hard times, and during hard times be optimistic and tell your people that times will improve, and when times improve then your people will love you more.

Always pick a side. And always have an opinion.

Pick up the flag when the people need a leader, and lead them.

Salute,

Tony V.

It is better to be respected than to be feared or loved.

A prince who is respected can rise further and do more than one who is 'merely' loved. A prince who is feared may still be effective, but it will be harder for him to leave a lasting legacy.

It is better if your all-volunteer army is truly voluntary rather than compelled by circumstances of deprivation in their society. And remember that volunteer does not mean either free or meagerly paid. A mistreated army may not be as supportive as you need, even if desperate.

Do not become complacent, but do not mistake all activity as worthwhile. Busyness is not the opposite of laziness.

It is better to not take money from your enemies if you can help it because one day they may be in a position to do the same to you. Treating your defeated enemies well will pay more benefits down the road than treating them poorly.

Giving money to your people will lead you to think that they love you. They do not. They love your largess. Understand that at a deep level and you will avoid many pitfalls. That does not mean to never give them money, only to understand the limitations of doing so.

Pick a side and have an opinion when you have sufficient information to do so. If you do not have sufficient information, then get it. Then form your opinion and choose your side. Do not be afraid to choose the side that is losing if its principles align with your own.

Don't be afraid to admit to mistakes. Always assess the validity of your opinions and your choices, including what might have led to mistaken judgment.

Recognize when you are not the one to pick up the flag and assess who might be a better choice - then support them, if they are willing and able.
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