Today i want to talk about power. Power is sought out by all people, whether or not they admit it. The gaining of power is played like a game, and there are many strategies, successful or not, that we use in order to gain power. The game of power has rules; those who obey are rewarded richly, and those who transgress are often punished swiftly. One of those rules is to crush your enemy completely.* If you make an enemy and let up on them, and let them continue to be in your presence, they will strike you sooner or later, and they might not make the same mistake. I went on a couple of dates with this girl at work whom i supervise. It was fun, but i wasn’t (and aren’t) interested in a committed relationship, and even if i was, it wouldn’t be with her. I let her down easy, and tried to be kind about it, because i knew she had feelings for me. Ever since then she has been a total bitch, not to mention an insubordinate worker. Its gotten to the point where another member of the “sisterhood” has decided to join her in her displays of gross disrespect. Obviously i should have made sure to either avoid hurting her at all, or hurt her bad enough that she couldnt lash out against me. The lesson here, learned the hard way, is to follow the laws of power; failure to do so is to bring punishment upon yourself.
*This rule is from Robert Greene’s “48 Laws Of Power” I am currently in the middle of reading it, and already I highly recommend it.