The Reality Of My Life, Simply Told, Without Atmospherics

I am simply blessed to be alive, well and writing is the way I genuinely look at it. Oh, the article could end there without much addition, explaining or what I like to call “overt atmospherics”, but, I will tell it like it is in realistic language, but still it will be a brief article compared to what I wrote in “The Funk Brother Testament” and the “Grits and Sweat Articles”.

First, I would like to say that “going to the beat of a different drummer” or going my own way has been a genuinely persistent and recurring theme throughout my life, right down to my anchored Objectivist ideas about reality, the universe, and intelligent creation. I definitely believe that there is a God, only I believe this, he evolved like we did and advanced to become God. God did not just come out of “nowhere” and I do not believe in a “big bang theory of existence out of nothingness” either. Also, I lean more toward Nathaniel Branden type Objectivism more than Leonard Peikoff type Objectivism in that I do believe that self-esteem and honesty are the immune system and inoculation powers given by God to deal genuinely with reality, but I cannot just say something stupid sounding like “Existence exists and that is it, without prior causes or intelligence behind it”, I just cannot put my mind behind or around that even unrealistic sounding statement. But, I can say, “Existence exists and we ultimately advance enough to control it for ourselves”, indeed, I do believe and understand that we can ultimately advance to become God. I genuinely also believe that anything is possible in genuine reality by rational principles like flight and electricity are possible.

So, I am not only an Objectivist, I am a Christian. I believe in the Lutheran and Gnostic faiths. Martin Luther and Early Christianity soon before Christ with John The Baptist, Mystery School Reality Religions, and during Christ and soon after Christ agree more with the realities I live by anyway, so I am there. I promised you very little large words and atmospherics and I am telling it like it is honestly without fillers, games or double meanings but one, I also am into George Ivanotich Gurdjieff’s and Peter Demianovitch Ouspensky’s Fourth Way esoteric Christianity. At all levels I keep it real, and always do my best to be honest and one with genuine nature and reality instead of fearing it and playing with guilt trips. In fact, I end with my definition of Fully-Integrated Honesty which is that we can all ultimately advance and that there are not any pedagogical infinities. The speed we advance at is up to us, but it is always possible to advance, and there is always a chance to advance. The paths are each of different characters, but the ends are always uniformly the same. We can only advance according to our understanding and meaning. That is all I can say in this treatise. I do not ask anyone to agree with me, but I do ask you to think for yourself and think freely and honestly about reality.

8 Things We Can Actually Learn From Machiavelli’s “The Prince”

1. You can’t please everyone. (The need to avoid contempt and hatred).

Machiavelli constantly noted that it is impossible for a Prince to satisfy both his subjects and his nobles at the same time. The prince would have to sacrifice the needs of one for the other.

Stating clear examples from history, Machiavelli also used the Romans as a case study. He stated that aside from the subjects and nobles, Roman emperors still had soldiers to deal with.

In a modern world view, people wrestle with the notion that they can try to make everyone happy. With some accepting that they would have to displease one in order to please the other, others still hang on to the illusion that they can satisfy everyone. As noted by Machiavelli, trying to please everyone ultimately leads to disaster.

2. Being generous all the time is being stupid all the time. (Generosity and Parsimony)

It’s no rare thing to find fundamentally good people. People who display extraordinary attributes of altruism that surpass even the likes of religious clerics, which is a good thing. But giving away more than you have can be self defeating.

According to Machiavelli, in people’s efforts to become generous, they lose the ability to do so. That simply means that you can only be generous until you lose everything you can be generous with.

He emphasized that the people considered extremely generous in history only did so with what didn’t belong to them in the first place. He cited figures such as Alexander the great, Cyrus and Julius Caesar who were more liberal with what wasn’t their own.

There’s nothing bad in being generous. If you have enough to give, then by all means, do so. But if don’t, do not risk your well-being and that of your family’s for someone else.

It is important to also note that Machiavelli noticed how quickly people can turn on you if you tell them “no”. You become either poor or despised, “seeking to escape poverty”.

3. People cannot be trusted (Cruelty and Compassion)

This is harsh but true. Machiavelli strongly objected to promises made with just words. They could be easily broken.

His words were: “Men are ungrateful, fickle, liars and deceiver. They shun danger and are greedy for profit. While you treat them well, they are yours… But when you are in danger, they turn you away” those words deeply and quite aggressively reflected his views on humanity. But his stance on trust was somewhat accurate.

You should not depend entirely on trust. If you do, be ready to get your heart broken.

4. Education is important (How a prince should organize his militia)

Machiavelli’s idea of education was taking military exercises in the art of war during and after wartime.

He stated how important it is for a prince to know more about war and historical events based on war.

Similarly, in our generation, education is equally important. Knowledge has become more powerful than ever. And what is the best way of acquiring knowledge than education?

You don’t need to know about the art of war, it’s execution and implementation. But learning how to read and write is of equal importance.

5. Always expect the unexpected. (How a prince should organize his militia)

Philopoemen, as cited by Machiavelli, was praised for thinking of war during peacetime. He casually engaged in conversations about military strategy amongst friends.

You have to expect an unexpected change in your life at an unexpected point, one you could not have foreseen. It is always wise to prepare for them.

Setting aside money for an unforeseeable financial problem in the future would be the modern day equivalent to expecting the unexpected. Just like Philopomen.

6. You cannot be all good (and it’s okay). (The things for which men, and especially princes are praised or blamed)

In an era where black is white and white is black and it’s near impossible to tell one from the other, we are often faced with moral ambiguity.

Should I do the “right” thing and hurt someone else in the process? What exactly is the right thing in the first place?. Well Machiavelli says it’s okay. No one is all good.

He enumerated qualities such as faithfulness, courageousness, frivolousness and religiousness. It is laudable for a prince to have them, but due to the “conditions of the world”, princes cannot have those qualities and observe them completely.

Real life is complex and it is not without his drawbacks.

7. Decisiveness and Conviction. (how a prince must win honour)

According to Machiavelli, there’s danger in neutrality and being completely at someone else’s mercy.

Delaying a problem doesn’t actually help you in any way. Indecision equals failure. That’s not ruling out patience completely which is instrumental in solving the problem. But there’s a fine line between patience and delay.

A problem is better solved when confronted.

8. Having a reputation for cruelty is hazardous (The need to avoid contempt and hatred)

Most people do not make it their life’s mission to be known as cruel. They might consider themselves as being strict or forward, but others might see them as bad, wicked and cruel.