Writer’s Quote Wednesday // Oscar Wilde

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  1. Very interesting. I had read The Prince for History and Government classes before, and found it intriguing while simultaneously repulsive. I do agree with you that humans label it (and books like it) as evil only to distract from the fact that we see ourselves in it. Good article!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am finding it a little repulsive too but only because I am not the type who would want to rule over nations. I do not possess the virtues Machiavelli describes and so cannot fathom acting in the manner he advises. I can see the value in what he says for those who want power and even Machiavelli thinks those in power should never be cruel more than they have to and they should try to keep their people happy. It’s all for selfish ends of course but still, it’s not all bad.

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  2. I just read a little book, “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene” by Roy Scranton (2015) He quotes someone that war is the natural state of humanity, which discourages that little “peace-nick” in me. Machiavellian seems to be the answer to living in “reality” amidst the cut and thrust of all the animals going for your jugular. Peace (?)

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    1. That book looks really interesting. I’ve added it to my “to-read” list, thank you! I wish for world peace too but I don’t have much faith in our ability to achieve it. Not now anyway. Maybe in the very distant future but even then I believe it will be a state forced on us in order to escape extinction. An extinction whose cause will no doubt be our own fault. I love people but God are we stupid and short-sighted! *sigh*

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  3. Lisa, I loved your commentary and thought process about “The Prince.” There are always going to be people who want to control others. And, your Oscar Wilde quote! Stupendous. He was a man born before his time. I always like his take on life! <3

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