In Machiavelli’s famous novel The Prince, several ideals concerning the proper actions of a prince are recorded. These actions are presented to the reader and then justified by Machiavelli’s personal and historical observations. Throughout several chapters, Machiavelli intensely describes the traits of a prince and explains in thorough detail which vices a prince should act on and which virtues he should exhibit. Machiavelli presents several ideas concerning the behavior of a prince in his novel The Prince. To begin with, Machiavelli believes that a prince should learn attributes that are not typically considered good.
Throughout The Prince, Machiavelli described the decisions a wise prince would make in many situations. He stated that a wise prince would surround himself with intelligent advisors, and listen to them carefully, but make his own decisions and stick to them. A wise prince would win the goodwill of the people, and keep his citizens dependent on him and on the state. This is imperative because the citizen's goodwill is the best defense against both domestic and foreign threats. When he stated, “He must therefore be a fox to discern toils, and a lion to drive off wolves,” (46) he expresses that a prince should be able to discern whether to use force or deceit when dealing with different situations.
However, the good will may depend on outside factors to bring about good in a person. Thus, I argue if Kant’s theory were true, it would be very difficult to be a good person as utilitarianism do not allow for acts that go beyond duty. Kant’s argument suggests that good will is the only thing good without qualification. First, Kant begins to distinguish between things that are good without qualification and things that are good only under certain qualified conditions. For example, gifts of nature such as understanding, wit, and judgement, or gifts of fortune such as power, riches,
Machiavelli argued that the adopted principles of private morality would not be necessarily adopted by the leader’s followers. Ergo, it would be a disadvantage for the honorable person to pursue virtue, especially in real world situations. If the leader is, therefore, to be deemed successful, they must discern when and how to do what no other virtuous person would do. In the present day, private morality is of little consequence to the survivability and success of a leader. What really counts is how much blame or praise the leader receives from fellow individuals.
In ‘The Prince’, he defines how to establish a successful state, how to gain stability of power, and the characteristics that princes need to have. While explaining this, he mentioned ideas regarding strong military, moral issues and dictatorial power over people. It can be argued that Machiavelli was using pragmatic aspects while explaining his ideas about the society, the
You choose to forgo potential opportunities and push yourself into mediocrity. When you restrict yourself to your comfort zone, you keep yourself from tapping your full potential. Failure is a matter of perspective. Many think failure as the opposite of success. But failures are in fact the stepping stones of success.
They also believe in pratitya-samutpada which is part of their karmic beliefs. This belief says that absolute freedom of choice is foolish, since other people are not considered. Sartre Freedom and Anguish: In their belief system we are created for the sole reason that the
Although it might not be impossible to become virtuous if one has been raised in the wrong environment, it will be extremely difficult, since these experiences are deeply engrained in us. In addition, external goods are required in order to acquire particular virtues. Since virtues, like skills, are acquired via exercising the activity in such-and-such way, it follows that we need the same sorts of things required for the exercising of the activity in order to acquire it. In conclusion, there are two ways in which some external goods are required for virtue: they are necessary for their acquisition, and also for engaging in rational activities well. However, happiness does not consist in having those external goods: virtuous rational activity is really the core constitutive element of happiness.
It is true that young minds are very impressionable, but also a faulty statement in saying one could control the perception of a child 's mind by mere removal or prevention of information. Truth will always remain the same, and if the governing bodies or authorities feel that hiding it would help the society in general, then they are downright wrong. But in saying that there should be complete elimination of censorship, is also a flawed idea, because even though it is a powerful tool, it can also be misused. Freedom of speech should not be mistaken with freedom to hurt or insult, the factor of respect for other people is very crucial in the case, but in saying so, it doesn’t mean there should be restriction on the voices of people, because, the topic is all about one’s perspective and it is very