Originally posted by Battler Hawke
I would like to ask you to read the prince.
its on leadership and politics. then respond.
I have read the prince and it's not about true leadership and politics. . . it's a resume. If you want a job, you tell your interviewer just what they want to hear. If you are a sadistic, unethical, the "ends justifies the means" person and the person in power "thinks" he/she needs that kind of person to have control, guess what's going to happen? Whatever that person writes is going to sound like the word of God (almost used that c-word everyone seems to like on the board).
Sure the prince is about a side of politics and leadership, but Machevelli took it to its most pure and naked form . . . with no thought to who his decisions and decrees were effecting. If you call what Machevelli wrote politics, I hope you never run for gov't office.
By the way, both the A-bomb and the T-bomb were very neccesary evils. Yes I did say evil. I just finished WC1 again and something Paladin was talking about still is hanging with me. About losing what was human and becoming just like the Kilrathi. Truth be told, both races and are just shades of each other. Back a few hundred years, our race decided that honor and battle and the conques tof other lands were more important to us than most anything. Some of our religions even backed those points up (the Crusades). These times sound an awful lot like a certain kitty race I know. Every one has an evil side, an emotional primal side, to them. Our race has decided to suppress that instinct while the Kilrathi have embraced it, just as we have taken to compassion. So what is more evil? To embrace your primal side, shunning the part of you that makes you feel compassion (there were cats who were decent people you know) or feed your caring side, suppressing the primal part of you?
In the end we did something that demonstrates our humanity, not showing our lack of it. We survived, one of those primal instincts that makes every living thing see another sunrise.
<I yeild the soapbox to another and quietly take a seat>