I feel a lot of people take away the wrong things from ‘The Prince’. Yes, it does say “It is best to be both feared and loved; however, if one cannot be both it is better to be feared than loved.”
But it also teaches the importance how being a good person is not enough to get by in the world, and that it must be combined with strength the make the goodness matter. I think if more good people understood that we wouldn’t have this bizarre situation where kindness is so often mistaken for weakness.
That’s a really inelegant way of putting it, but my point is ‘The Prince’ isn’t as much of a handbook for ruthlessness as people seem to think it is.
It’s half past midnight, I’m sat by my window drinking a glass of wine, listening to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonarta and reading ‘The Prince’ by Niccolo Machiavelli.
I feel I’m one goatee away from being a parody of a James Bond villain.