How Machiavellian Am I?

You Are Somewhat Machiavellian

You're not going to mow over everyone to get ahead…
But you're also powerful enough to make things happen for yourself.
You understand how the world works, even when it's an ugly place.
You just don't get ugly yourself – unless you have to!

Okay, since I am on this topic and I have my copy of “The Prince” near me, let me quote some passages that I have underlined (yes… unbelievable…) when I first read that book:

Cruelty and compassion; and whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse

“..a prince must want to have a reputation for compassion rather than for cruelty: none the less, he must be careful that he does not make bad use of compassion….. So a prince must not worry if he incurs reproach for his cruelty so long as he keeps his subjects united and loyal. By making an example or two, he will prove more compassionate than those who, being too compassionate, allow disorders which lead to murder and rapine…”

“.. loved and feared… it would be best to combine them but it is difficult.. then, it is far better to be feared than loved if you cannot be both… The prince must none the less make himself feared in such a way that, if he is not loved, at least he escapes being hated…”

hmmmm….. so Machiavellian……

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2 responses to “How Machiavellian Am I?

  1. Dear Falling Stones,

    I was going to say, ‘Should I be afraid of you?’ until I did the test. Turns out I’m the same too…

    O’yes, ‘The Prince’…I’ll have to read it so I can blog about it in the future… Hey, it’s one of the three books one has to read to Learn Go right… And if I turn to the Dark Side after reading it, I can blame it all on you.
    :)

    BTW. -there’s a thesis on Singapore style of governance is Machiavellian. Come to think about it, there’s rather a ring of truth to it. What do you think?

    Rgds

  2. fallingstones

    Hahaha. you are a Machiavellian too! ;-) The Prince is really one interesting read and after you finished with the book, you can blame me and we can start to blame each other. hahahaha. joking ;-)

    I do think that Singapore is quite Machiavellian but I would rather think of it as more of a communist or socialist country. Definitely not a free form democracy for what its worth.

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