The need for power is so fundamental, so essentially human, that when
you feel you have no power over people or events, you are likely to be
depressed. People who pretend to have no aspirations to power are either
deceiving themselves or attempting to deceive others. Everyone wants
power. The more they get, the more they want. Power is like a drug, but
it does not weaken you. On the contrary, it makes you stronger.
it is considered somewhat impolite and vulgar, almost an outrage, to
seek power forthrightly. Those who want power must seem to have no
interest in it. Indeed, they must pretend to care only about others. The
person who best projects an image of not caring for power will become
the most powerful. It is paradoxical and, perhaps, unhealthy but you
cannot honestly and straightforwardly pursue power. You must disguise
your means and ends.
This does not mean lying. Indeed, it is wrong
to lie, not because lying is immoral, although according to moral codes
it is, but rather because the risk of being exposed is too great. Power
depends on trust. The known liar loses trust and, therefore, loses
power. Duplicity is another matter. These laws may seem scandalously
frank, but you can apply them without violating any of the strictures of
public morality. In fact, that’s the way to get the best results.
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