Short Note on Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince
The first question that will run through your mind is, what makes a good ruler? That every prince ought to desire to be considered clement and not crue. They say honest politics will never get the vote. You might wonder, why? So as long as the ruler keeps his subjects united and loyal, ought not to mind the reproach of cruelty.
“Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin… and learn how not to be good…” You can’t be a good guy, but don’t make the mistake of not appearing like one. To become a ruler talk about how you’ll change the economy and how the they’ll have more money. Most organizations are engaged in the nastiest lawsuits and acquisitions. People don’t understand the great difference between how human beings actually live and how they ought to live.
We came through a lot of agreements and disagreements with these statements that were mentioned in the article. Coming to the idea of cruelty used good or badly, the author demonstrates the way cruelty is well used may seem as dignity. Cruelty can become a form of sympathy when is used to restore order and unify a state. Saving the communists from disorganization and uncontrolled disorder. Using targeted cruelty and punishments is an act of compassion.
A prince must use mastery to walk the line between fear and hatred. They have to secure their state through the threat of force. Machiavelli guides rulers to rely on facility, which they control instead of fortune and reality.
We came to a conclusion that it’s better to be feared than loved because sometimes people take advantage of that. Machiavelli inspects humans as ungrateful and unfaithful. When you make them fear you, they know you have the capability and power to be a ruler. It is much safer to be feared than loved. He wanted to demonstrate how to acquire and maintain political power.
What we don’t agree on with the author, is that he states how politics should just lie and say what people want to hear without actually doing anything about the problem. Which is what has happened now a days with our presidents. They tell the people how they’ll change low incomes or try to persuade the audience with what they are expected to hear. Yet Machiavelli has some good point of views even when some aren’t.