I wasn’t really in the mood to blog yesterday or earlier today because I’ve been feeling a bit “meh”. That’s ok though, it’s an integral part of life. Feeling crappy balances me out and reminds me to appreciate that I’m a human with the ability to experience emotions.
Anyways, since I didn’t feel like blogging earlier, I thought, “What can I do right now?” I allowed myself to feel like crap for long enough and wanted to get back into the feel good vibe ASAP. I figured it should be something simple that doesn’t require me to drive anywhere or look at my electronic devices. I couldn’t decide whether to watch The Lincoln Lawyer or The Accountant, which are two of my favorite movies. I thought maybe I should just not deal with any electronics whatsoever, so I picked up one of my favorite books: The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene.
If you’ve never read or heard about The 48 Laws of Power, you should check it out sometime. The book is about Machiavellianism, or high machs and can be viewed in two different ways. It can be offensive, in which it has the ability to cause people to conjure up ideas on how to be a Machiavellian. Or it can be helpful, by protecting people from those who are Machiavellians and be a bad ass at it. Although most would think the book is how to be a Machiavellian, the latter is the main intention of the book.
As much as I want to get into detail about how awesome this book is, I’ll just keep it simple by saying it’s a great book, but somewhat dangerous to read. I like to pick it up from time to time just to see if I’ve picked up any Machiavellian habits since I last read it, like Law #7. Ha, I’m kidding! But really, I think the stories are awesome and will make you say, “Oh shit, these people were really fucking clever. They were deviant little bastards, but clever.”
And as a side note:
Machiavellianism was named after Niccolo Machiavelli, but he himself was not a Machiavellian. He was actually the complete opposite. The majority of people during his time viewed him as a con but only few knew he was just an honest dude who was not trying to explain what “ought to be” but rather laying down the truth people can’t seem to handle (people are greedy, strive for power and only see what they want to see).
Machiavellianism = An iron fist inside a velvet glove