Friday Wisdom

This bit of advice comes from Robert Greene, whose The 48 Laws of Power is self’s “go-to” reading — after fan fiction.

The thing about reading fan fiction is that, if self stays up late reading — which is often the case (Please do not look away, dear blog readers, as it will take self just 1 minute to get past this bit) — her eyes get very red and swollen and she looks like a mess the following morning (Oh the angst, the angst! Self is a furious

Everlark shipper. But when self feels her tear-ducts are not exercised enough by that night’s current Everlark hoo-ha, she has been known to reach for Galeniss).

On the other hand, every time self reads anything by Robert Greene, she ends up doing the mouth-open, jiggly-belly laugh.  Seriously!  So, self tries as much as possible to alternate between reading Greene and reading fan fiction, for it is always advisable to cultivate a state of proper emotional equilibrium.

As self was proceeding to post the Greene excerpt, it suddenly did not appear funny any more.  In fact, it sounded mean —  even, manipulative.

But, too late now! Once one has gotten one’s toe wet in the muck of the proverbial ocean, one might as well put the rest of one’s body in. That’s a piece of folk wisdom that comes straight out of self’s own head.  And now, without further ado, dear blog readers, self gives you — TA-RA!!!

Law # 2 of Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power :

Be wary of friends — they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy.  They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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