48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – Law VIII

48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – Law VIII

Make Other People Come To You — Use Bait If Necessary

“When you force the other person to act, you are the one in control. It is always better to make your opponent come to you, abandoning his own plans in the process. Lure him with fabulous gains–then attack. You hold the cards.”

Personal Reflection: This law reminds me of one of my subconscious mannerisms. In this law, I am usually the opponent when it comes to this law’s description. If you want me to come to you for some kind of event or function, usually its friendly terms instead of attack/defense/opposition sort of scenarios, you must entice me. What do I have to gain from it? Usually in this regard, I am very easy to please but if there is not much incentive, then I usually stick to my own plans. Other than that, it is a general good rule to make others come to you, and with regards to power, this makes perfect sense. You always want to be the one with options.

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48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – Law VII

48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – Law VII

Get Others To Do The Work For You, But Always Take The Credit

“Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of other people to further your own cause. Not only will such assistance save you valuable time and energy, it will give you a godlike aura of efficiency and speed. In the end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered. Never do yourself what others can do for you.”

Personal Reflection: This is excellent advice that can be taken in two ways. One is a lazy-inspired approach to where you might apply in a team environment by putting the work load on others and then basking in the credit once it is complete. This happens in academia with everyone so its nothing to feel bad about, but when it comes to other projects you can easily do, go ahead and take initiative to balance out the karma that came from the lazy projects. Also the other approach is more along the lines of utility. For a concrete example, I had to do a client-server programming project in my Operating Systems course with a teammate. We could have learned a new language and do everything by hand but we were hard pressed on time in another class and so we used the work that was done by some random programmer in terms of a client-server framework so instead of building everything from the ground up, we utilized the functions that came with the framework library given to us in a different class and just modified it to fit our needs. No stress and made quick work of it, whereas others struggled. We used what was already there and took the credit when we slightly modified it for our game, easy peasy. Also, don’t be stubborn and try to bullrush a task when you have friends/family that have prior knowledge and can help you accelerate accomplishing the task. This law aides the good ol’ saying of “Work Smart, Not Hard.”

48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – Law VI

48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – Law VI

Court Attention At All Cost

“Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing. Never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion. Stand out. Be conspicuous, at all cost. Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious than the bland and timid masses.”

Personal Reflection: The observation of this law was, and still is, a major power play used frequently by the current President of the United States, Donald Trump. Watching him do this and manipulate the media so easily was part of the magnetic attraction for my observation. A brief note for sure and I only use this law in the past in my most desperate moves for attention. I prefer to be in the shadows but be alert. Too much attention can be a bad thing, but its all relative to whatever the current situation is with any one of us.

48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – Law V

48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – Law V

So Much Depends On Reputation – Guard It With Your Life

“Reputation is the cornerstone of power. Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once it slips, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides. Make your reputation unassailable. Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen. Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputation. Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them. “

Personal Reflection: This is one of the quintessential laws of power in my mind, and one I have used very recently. Instead of getting directly in the middle of a conflict in which I have a stake in both sides, I pointed out a flaw in the aggressor’s reputation for all their extended family to exploit and hang around their neck, like an albatross. The results afterward? A much more pleasant person to deal with and plus, my reputation took no hit whatsoever because I kept my mouth mostly shut except when necessary. Even with that, I restricted my words. Keep this law above in mind, friends. It will serve you well as it did me.

The Daily Bonkers

Volume 2 Post 3

4/13/2017

Quote of the Day:

You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.

~Cormac McCarthy

Editor’s Note:

Welcome to the latest edition of The Daily Bonkers. This is going to be one of the lengthiest editions currently out due to the time I have to kill as I write this to paper in class, on top of the fact that there is so much to talk about! First is the Smart-Ass Weather Forecast for today. Afterward, I will talk about the main piece to this edition, which discusses the ins and outs of our current adventures in United States foreign policy. Soon after, I will make a brief comment about sports, specifically baseball. Finally, I will give a literary update on the three pieces I have been working on this month. Thanks for reading, and let’s start the show!

Smart-Ass Weather Forecast for 4/13/17:

Currently, it is partly cloudy here in Central Arkansas. Expect the high temp to be around 80 today. I am going to declare a 50% chance of precipitation because it might or might not happen. Also it might or might not get cloudy or windy.

How To Discipline A Disobedient World Leader- North Korea Edition

by Shane Johnson

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We were treated to an exquisite show of force by the United States last week in regards to Syria. It has been difficult to find exact info on how many of the 59 tomahawk missiles hit the air port, or the casualty count from this strike and even the chemical attack from Assad. The Syria strike itself seems rather un-important now and the damage seems to not have hindered Assad’s capabilities. To me, I was more interested in what was going on in the background of things.

During the time the strike was ordered, President Xi Jinping of China was at Mar-a-lago with President Trump, discussing various matter as well as general introductions. Oddly enough, it seems as if the two are getting along surprisingly well. I remember clearly when former President Obama made a visit to China and he was visually not received well. They didn’t even formally greet him and Air Force One as it landed in China. Our relationship with China in terms of geopolitics has been on a vast decline. It seems our economic dependencies between each other has been the main bridge remaining. I am also surprised Trump and Jinping are able to talk peacefully and easily, even after Trump verbally eviscerated China during his campaign.

After the strike on Syria occurred, it seems as if it sent a message to other world powers. China is finally realizing that we need to talk about geopolitics. The key issue to discuss is the wildcard in North Korea. Keep in mind, in terms of geopolitics in general, the United States, Russia, and China are playing on the complexity equivalent to Go. A lot of countries are playing on the complexity of chess, as we see with the E.U., NATO nations, and perhaps even Iran. The rest of the countries that are insignificant are playing checkers but the bigger countries in some cases are feeding them the illusion of playing chess by letting them be in the U.N. and etc. North Korea matches the latter case just mentioned.

For the longest time, North Korea was the unpredictable problem child nobody wanted to touch. See, we let them do their own thing for so long that eventually we are to the point to where we know at the very least they have missiles. In terms of nukes, that is the biggest wild card of all. It makes sense to pre-emptively take care of business before they get too brave.

The United States have been licking at the chops for what seems like decades with our lust to take care of North Korea. The country in our way has been China all along. You have to understand it is in their best interest to keep influence so that the United States does not have the opportunity to add more bases, as we have done propping up South Korea.

President Trump has the unique challenge of proving it is in China’s best interest to take out North Korea. This is where the Syria strike comes into play. Economically, China gets coal from North Korea. Turns out, China has agreed to quit buying their coal. Therefore, they will probably buy from us now. In that regard, Trump can fulfill one of his promises to the coal workers by increasing demand. China has sent troops outside North Korea, and as I write this, they have agreed to handle North Korea with us on the condition that it is peaceful. All the cards are in place.

So, with this agreement, everyone wins. China keeps their buffer and the United States gets more economic activity with China. The world benefits by not having to worry with a tame North Korea. President Trump will get a domestic victory helping coal demand and a successful negotiation with a country we had  a strained relationship. This sounds like the square deals we have not seen since the likes of Teddy Roosevelt. Want to know the kicker? This all got initiated with a strategic, non-consequential missile strike in Syria.

Sports:

Now that major league baseball has begun, it is no secret among my peers that I am a St. Louis Cardinals fan. As the usual Internet hysteria drums up, people are concerned about the rough start for the red birds. All I have to say to those rapid fans is to chill the eff out. We are not even ten games into a super long season. So, here is the deal about the Cardinals: They are a young team. The Cardinals are deep in the process of building up a farm system, via the minor league affiliations, to fill in spots on the team. Essentially, they reward the best of the minor league up-and-comers a spot on the Cardinals team. This provides key benefits in that there is stiff competition to play your best at both levels, as well as not having the burden of many superstar-level contracts giving a short term gain and a long term burden. It should also be mentioned that the farm system has its flaws as well. These losses are far more manageable and more sided on short term loses. There will be cases where players will be pushed too early and another simple case is the time invested for the new players to get acclimated to the atmosphere of the major league. This latter case is what the Cardinals are dealing with. So, let’s give manager Mike Matheny a break and some time for the young guns to adapt. It will work out, we can see a successful farm system in the WWE as well as NASCAR. It works, just need to have patience young padawans.

Literary Update:

I have made some progress on all fronts from my last discussion regarding my writing projects in the midst of a busy personal schedule. I will continue my 48 Laws of Power in (more than) 48 Days. The style has been good and I am still only scratching the surface of the material in Robert Greene’s book because it truly is a fascinating piece. In terms of my Masonic working tools series, expect the first piece to be uploaded for consumption as May starts. I am leaving out the deeper interpretations so that I can expand this work in the future. Regarding my larger and more intensive short story work, I have around six pages handwritten and the general outline of the story in my mind. Which is major progress compared to my other stagnant ideas, for sure. I am excited to see the result but it will take a long while still. Thank you all for reading this edition of The Daily Bonkers! I will end this by adding bonus quotes from the two brilliant men that have made it to Heaven. Rest in peace and enjoy eternal life, Mr. Don Rickles and Mr. Charlie Murphy.

Bonus Quotes:

“When you stand alone and sell yourself, you can’t please everyone. But when you’re different, you can last.

~Don Rickles

 

On Chappelle playing Rick James in a skit: “Dave should have got an Oscar, he nailed it. He nailed it as good as Jamie Foxx nailed Ray… And I don’t think he met Rick until after it was shot. Dave was going strictly off the narrative of what I told him.”

~Charlie Murphy

 

48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – Law IV

48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – Law IV

Always Say Less than Necessary

“When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinx-like. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.”

Personal Reflection: Not much other to say than that I am not that great at mastering this law yet, but a lot of what I say goes toward one of the laws upcoming about creating attention. Sometimes, in order to enforce one of these laws, you have to break another one of these. It’s an odd phenomena and I guess it just goes to show that you should pick and choose based on the situation and which law helps better your advancement. Some are different than others. Also, I was right about my last reflection. Turns out the Trump-Russia narrative was fake, which I had a strong feeling toward all along. Any average person in the middle knows that the Democrats are great at blaming anyone but themselves.

48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – Law III

48 Laws of Power in 48 Days – Law III

Conceal Your Intentions

“Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions. If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense. Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.”

Personal reflection: Subterfuge is key in this lesson. It was ironic that I did the reading on this law earlier this week because we can see a prime example of this in the current American political theater. We have one side that is playing hard into the narrative that President Trump has deep connections with the Russian leadership. On the other hand, we have the other side playing hard into the narrative that former President Obama, presumably his staff more-so than him, used surveillance and monitored Trump and/or his staff in order to find anything that could swing the election, presumably. One of these stories is a fantastic red herring and a smokescreen in hopes that the real story of these two does not have major ramifications. At this point, I do not know which is real and which is the smokescreen since both are missing a key piece of the puzzle to verify/deny but eventually, soon most likely, we will know which has the greater proportion of truth. It seems like one makes more sense based on my mental filter of “the more that it takes to explain a theory, the more likely it is not totally true.” I am interested to find out. This is a real world example of using a smokescreen and red herring to sway things one way or another. Just as a note, I probably won’t type personal reflections for every one of these laws. I also do not want to delve into the examples the book uses because I think it is a fantastic book and Mr. Greene deserves the honor of explaining his laws instead of a random 20 something year old interpreting it his own way solely.