Monday, September 27, 2004

Occasional Epiphany

To readers of that 48 Rules of Power book making the rounds these days, I have only this to say:

The free and unbridled exercise of power is ultimately self-defeating. In time one realizes that the whole point of accumulating power-- whether through martial systems or other paths-- is the ability to put it aside. In the end, it is the exercise of love that is important. No, not the sappy production of sentiment; but actual exclusive attention, regardless of the inconvenience, to the physical-, psycho-social-, and moral needs of the ones you care about.

Why else would an all-powerful God set so many ridiculous limits on himself?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here we are...the new look for the bodega.

--Sammy

Anonymous said...

Nice look pare!

-Ravesh

thepoet said...

o_o

Anonymous said...

i didn't realize that the 48 laws are only becoming popular now. one must remember that not everybody believes in God in the same way (hell, not everybody believes in one). in that respect these laws are in many ways "universal" in the sense that these laws transcend time, culture, & political and economic station. the historical references in the book are what interest me the most, because in the end these laws have to be applied appropriately. as the prayer says, "God Please grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the strength to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference".

- swampie