Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Laws III

Law 25
Re-Create Yourself

Do not accept the roles that society foists on you.  Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience.  Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define if for you.  Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions – your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life.

I agree with this wholeheartedly. The world is already running ragged with cookie cutter, society-approved types and frankly, I'm sure if you dug deep down you'd realize that's not meant for you anyway. I do feel that everyone should be themselves, while at the same time being the best they can be. Being realistic and balanced is also key. You don't want to be so extreme that you seem abnormal to everyone, nor do you want to maintain unreasonable expectations toward your life and personality. It's all a delicate struggle. But I will say that people usually respond quite positively to genuine, deep rooted confidence. And if you are missing that my friends, fake it until you make it.

Law 26
Keep Your Hands Clean

You must seem a paragon of civility and efficiency: Your hands are never soiled by mistakes and nasty deeds.  Maintain such a spotless appearance by using others as scapegoats and cat’s-paws to disguise your involvement.

Ugh. I disagree with this. Not only because it's nasty but it can backfire - and remember what we talked about concerning your reputation? Better to be known for making a few mistakes than be known for climbing to the top on everyone's backs. I think that instead of this vile approach, better to make yourself known as an honest, just person who presents themselves with integrity. That way when you make a mistake [because you will, we are human after all], you'll be in a position where your peers respect you so much they will most likely brush it off.


Law 27
Play on People’s Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following

People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something.  Become the focal point of such desire by offering them a cause, a new faith to follow.  Keep your words vague but full of promise; emphasize enthusiasm over rationality and clear thinking.  Give your new disciples rituals to perform, ask them to make sacrifices on your behalf.  In the absence of organized religion and grand causes, your new belief system will bring you untold power.

Obviously, this guy says some wild shit sometimes - those last two sentences being a prime example of that. Religion and better causes will always exist so you just need to make your case a great one - one that people will want to get behind. This law is so general that I'm not even sure how to specifically apply it, but I guess it boils down to making people believe in you. Making them believe in you wholeheartedly and share your enthusiasm for your project. Although I am a con artist, I am not a magician, so this law is mostly lost on me. I guess in some ways I understand it though.

Law 28
Enter Action with Boldness

If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it.  Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution.  Timidity is dangerous:  Better to enter with boldness.  Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity.  Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.

This is a good law, and it's just an extrapolation of the saying: If you think you can't, you can't. And it's true, no one respects the weak, so never be too nice. And now here's a story about that: When I first moved to the city and decided to move away from nannying, it was hard for me to secure a different job. I had decent qualifications, I had plenty of interviews, but I wasn't getting hired. Something was wrong. I didn't realize what the issue was until almost 3 years later, when I tried to get my friend a job at my current workplace. The issue was, that like she; I was too nice, too sweet, too naive in the beginning. For some, that sweetness is saccharine goodness, for most [especially in a rough and tumble city like New York] it is seen as a fault. These companies probably assumed they'd have to handhold me, be delicate with me or worse, dry my tears when my inevitable breakdown came. I wisened and toughened up on my own over time, and now I have no problem getting work. Heck, I even got promoted after three months!

Law 29
Plan All the Way to the End

The ending is everything.  Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others.  By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop.  Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead.

Whenever you are planning something you want to make sure that you take into account anything that might come up so that you're prepared. Like when that guy Noah built that ark and stuff... I'm sure he spent some time cutting down trees, collecting grains, and herding the strongest pairs of animals he could find. If anything failed during those 40 days and 40 nights, he had the best partner a man could have on the job. Now that's preparation!

Law 30
Make your Accomplishments Seem Effortless

Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease.  All the toil and practice that go into them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed.  When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more.  Avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work – it only raises questions.  Teach no one your tricks or they will be used against you.

I agree with this. I do a lot, I dream a lot, and it takes nothing out of me. Matter fact, I never sleep or eat either. That's how I stay so wired and so thin!

Law 31
Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards you Deal

The best deceptions are the ones that seem to give the other person a choice:  Your victims feel they are in control, but are actually your puppets.  Give people options that come out in your favor whichever one they choose.  Force them to make choices between the lesser of two evils, both of which serve your purpose.  Put them on the horns of a dilemma:  They are gored wherever they turn.

I have nothing to say except, I think this is how drug dealers operate.

Law 32
Play to People’s Fantasies

The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant.  Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes for disenchantment.  Life is so harsh and distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oasis in the desert:  Everyone flocks to them. There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses.

One word: Twilight.

Law 33
Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew

Everyone has a weakness, a gap in the castle wall.  That weakness is usually an insecurity, an uncontrollable emotion or need; it can also be a small secret pleasure.  Either way, once found, it is a thumbscrew you can turn to your advantage.

This is how you keep people under your thumb, and if you're good enough, they won't even realize it.

Law 34
Be Royal in your Own Fashion:  Act like a King to be treated like one

The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated; in the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you.  For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others.  By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown.

Law 34 is like, all I am and ever will be, crammed into three sentences. [That was such an Angela Chase moment.] This is 1000% spot on but most people do not/will not know how to use this to their advantage. Which means, you can learn something from me. Most folks give me ample respect and consideration and those who don't get snipped. And in the end, all they can really do is respect me for tossing them out like the garbage they are and doing it with class. Long live Lady Blue!

Law 35
Master the Art of Timing

Never seem to be in a hurry – hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time.  Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually.  Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to power.  Learn to stand back when the time is not yet ripe, and to strike fiercely when it has reached fruition.

Cool calm and collected gets the prize. I agree that someone who's fidgety and rushing comes off as disorganized, anxious and a little nutty. So relax and just chilllllll [till the next episode].

Law 36
Disdain Things you cannot have:  Ignoring them is the best Revenge

By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility.  The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him; and a small mistake is often made worse and more visible when you try to fix it.  It is sometimes best to leave things alone.  If there is something you want but cannot have, show contempt for it.  The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem. 

I do agree with this. There are things that come up in life, and the majority of them will be petty issues and problems. Think of the issue as a flame and your attention as the wood... a tiny flame if ignored will eventually go out, but if you add fuel to the fire, that tiny flame will eventually engulf you. This is also known as picking your battles.

Part IV coming soon...

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