Been So Long: The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene

Self purchased a copy of The 48 Laws of Power about two years ago, on the recommendation of —  who else?  — a Bacolod cousin.  Fascinating book.  Here’s a quote:

Those misfortunates among us who have been brought down by circumstances beyond their control deserve all the help and sympathy we can give them.  But there are others who are not born to misfortune or unhappiness, but who draw it upon themselves by their destructive actions and unsettling effect on others.  It would be a great thing if we could raise them up, change their patterns, but more often than not it is their patterns that end up getting inside and changing us.  The reason is simple — humans are extremely susceptible to the moods, emotions, and even the ways of thinking of those with whom they spend their time.

The incurably unhappy and unstable have a particularly strong infecting power because their characters and emotions are so intense.  They often present themselves as victims, making it difficult, at first, to see their miseries as self-inflicted.  Before you realize the real nature of their problems you have been infected by them.

Understand this:  In the game of power, the people you associate with are critical.

Law # 10:  Infection

Avoid the unhappy and unlucky.

(Which would appear to be a very un-Christian sentiment.  But, as Greene forcefully reiterates, it is indeed possible to “die from someone else’s misery.”  And, really, life’s too short.)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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