Law # 6 of Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power: COURT ATTENTION AT ALL COST

Robert Greene is a Harvard professor, and his book is published by Penguin.  In other words, dear blog readers, he is a human being of some intelligence.  If there is someone in the world you simply cannot stand, never ever let The Hated One read Robert Greene.  Because if The Hated One were ever to read Robert Greene, he or she would then know exactly how to make himself or herself more infuriating.

Law # 6 of his book is:  Court Attention at All Costs.  In this chapter, Greene discusses “the power of the mysterious.”  The mysterious, he writes, “invites layers of interpretation, excites our imagination, seduces us into believing that it conceals something marvelous.”

(But then how does one know, self wonders, if a person is being mysterious or is just being downright rude?  SHUT UP, self, and keep reading!)

“Do not imagine,” Greene writes, “that to create an air of mystery you have to be grand and awe-inspiring.”

Mystery that is woven into your day-to-day demeanor, and is subtle, has that much more power to fascinate and attract attention.  Remember:  most people are upfront, can be read like an open book, take little care to control their words or image, and are hopelessly predictable.  By simply holding back, keeping silent, occasionally uttering ambiguous phrases, deliberately appearing inconsistent, and acting odd in the subtlest of ways, you will emanate an aura of mystery.  The people around you will then magnify that aura by constantly trying to interpret you.

As Exhibit A, Greene cites Mao Tse-tung.  He was such a manipulator that “no one, not even his own wife, ever felt they understood him . . . ” (And why this woman —  no pushover, she! — endured this confusion for so many years while staying married to The Great Mysterious One is another REALLY GOOD question that shows how entirely confused self is, at this very moment)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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