I believe that a leader should tell the truth and win the support of the public by being known as doing this. Machiavelli seems to have the idea of preparing for the worst and thinking in terms of the worst. This is a preventative measure that will benefit anybody who has evil intentions. Only a person who thinks that man is evil would think of such ways to run a government in the way that Machiavelli thought a government should be operated. Machiavelli felt that “crafty and deceitful princes have historically defeated the faithful princes”(Prince).
In conclusion, the idea of fear overcoming love in a prince is supported by evidence and examples that Machiavelli suggested. Furthermore, cruelty is a key to respect, and to be feared is a key to loyalty and order, even though compassion is an integral part since it may bring some benefits too. Machiavelli boldly warned us that men are not to be trusted, and that a prince should always set his own rules based on human morality and not what others contemplate. The modern reader will not always approve of Machiavelli’s point of view because of the word “cruelty” since it has the effect of violence, harm, destruction and cold-bloodedness. Works Cited The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Humans have power when they have knowledge and insight but that power is liable to error because in reality we are all flawed with blindness to the truth and our own destruction can be an inner force that eats us out until we are forced to face the truth. With desires to find the truth and fear of finding the truth odious was fighting an inner losing battle within himself that drives to our having to carry the burden of guilt over the death of his father and being an embarrassment to his families legacy. This blindness motif plays into the plays theme that wisdom is knowledge and that the pursuit of knowledge can be futile. If wisdom was one of Oedipus strong suit he would have killed his father creating a chain reaction of
He says that there are times when the common good outweighs the means, and the morality of a ruler’s actions. He also says that you cannot be loved by everyone, so try to be loved and feared at the same time, but of the two, choose to be feared.
Machiavelli may seem evil to some but his political theory properly applied is optimal for founding a state, establishing and then maintaining order. Machiavelli being a consequentialist believed actions should be judged by their consequences. Machiavelli because of the way he thought believed you could calculate a consequence. Thinking this way is a great way to justify actions some would consider to be immoral. The question though was Machiavelli really justifying immoral actions or was he simply being rational?
He believed that “they are thankless, fickle, false studious to avoid danger, greedy of gain, devoted to you while you are able to confer benefits upon them, and ready, as I said before, while danger is distant, to shed their blood, and sacrifice their property, their lives, and their children for you; but in the hour of need they turn against you.” He saw people as being very selfish and act without the best intention of the state, and prince in mind. Finally, he also believed that people could train themselves to be people of virtue In his very clear, and straightforward book on how to lead, Niccolo Machiavelli makes his points on how a ruler, specifically princes, should rule. He feels that in order to be successful they must be harsh and firm, but yet not be hated. Within this work, his contradicting idea of human nature, that people cannot be trusted, is clearly reflected. It also exemplifies ideas
However, at times his ideology can be rather harsh. One major example of Machiavelli's attitude is when he states, "I shall depart from the methods of other people" proving he conjures up new ideas about how a prince can be successful and also makes apparent his cocky demeanor (330). Another strong example of Machiavelli's outlook is when he states, "how one lives is so far distant from how one ought to live" showing he believes people are not getting their fair share (331). This proving Machiavelli's well-rounded attitude by thinking people deserve more than what they get. Finally Machiavelli states, "it is much safer to be feared than loved" making apparent his idea of being feared is a solid trait a prince must acquire to be successful (334).
Unlike love that is given to the prince and can easily be taken away, fear is the prince’s tool and his alone. “…men love at their own free will but fear at the will of the prince…” Politicians throughout history have used fear tactics with varying degrees of success. For the purpose of my argument I will compare Machiavellian concepts on the use of fear with contemporary examples to prove its benefits particularly in the consolidation of power and promotion of obedience. Machiavelli went to great lengths in his writing to outline rules governing the use of fear. He made the distinction between being feared and being hated.
The Prince has had a negative influence because of his teachings and beliefs, past Machiavellianism, and modern Machiavellianism. The fact that Machiavelli has had a negative influence on history and society matters to everyone. Through the Prince, Machiavelli has influenced and promoted many of the horrific actions that have been taken by many oppressive and evil rulers throughout history. Although, evil leaders have existed well before the publication of the Prince, Machiavelli does not condemn them, but instead he advocates them. He then make it worst by making it easy for any one to follow.
Rather, he instructs us to repay evil with good, and to love our enemies. It even says that by loving our enemies you wil... ... middle of paper ... ...lical viewpoint, Dumas’ viewpoint and my viewpoint all seem to parallel. All the perspectives on this matter seem to point to the fact that taking vengeance on your enemies is a bad thing. The Lord wants us to leave the vengeance to him, Dumas is also is against vengeance as seen from his contextual points, and lastly I am against taking vengeance as well. Revenge is a can be extremely destructive and it is dangerous to carry out.