Voices in the Dark
About This Show
Join us as we begin our exploration of Robert Greene’s provocative and compelling study of the 48 Laws of Power, in which he lays bare the history, practice, psychology, and philosophies of power that ultimately shape all human relations. Often seen as a handbook for the ‘modern Machiavelli’, we take a closer look, beyond the hyperbole, and discuss how understanding and implementing these Laws can actually enrich your life personally, professionally and spiritually.
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020 - Exploring The 48 Laws Of Power - Do Not Commit To Anyone
6 days ago
LAW 20 Do Not Commit To Anyone We all like to hear that someone – in love or in business – is committed to us, but talk is cheap and value grows from scarcity. So when it comes to making our own moves, Law 20 teaches us to hold back, weigh our options, keep an air of mystery about ourselves... and only commit to people or to ideas at the last possible moment. We cover a lot of ground for Law 20, from the way things (and identities) become true just by saying they are, why you should listen to others even when you don't agree with them, how to get people bidding for your attention, and the importance of remaining vague as often as possible. We also ponder the shock millennials face when they enter a real workplace for the first time and discover that all the talk of everyone being equal was only propaganda... As we begin to internalise the Laws of Power and enter a flow-state as we practise them, there's still plenty of time to recall our fuck-ups. Jon gets blackmailed, Dre reflects on the complexities of love and sex, and both think back to them times they've been caught in the middle of other people's fights. We end with a powerful discussion of how and when to make decisions, and the abiding wisdom that sometimes 'I don't want to' is the only reason you need. FULL LINKS: http://voicesinthedark.world/2016/10/18/do-not-commit-to…power-episode-20/ This Episode includes: Make yourself someone's lesser or equal, and they'll treat you accordingly. You can't keep authority if you try to be someone's friend Like all primates, people will test you and your authority Why you should retain an air of mystery about your decision-making and your reactions to other people How Apple trains its staff to meet their emotional needs The importance of social proof: if some people treat you as important or cool, other people will assume you are Recursive success: how things snowball in popularity due to positive feedback loops Don't rush to support someone: it automatically devalues what you're offering Sex, value, and power: how do we disentangle the Big Three? And what do Bonobos have to tell us about it? The need to stay out of other people's battles – don't become the peacemaker between toxic people