The Shadow Side of Power

In thinking about power this week, I took a look at “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene, which is on my bookshelf, and which I’ve read twice.

This is a great work; a book that I’m proud to have on my bookshelf.

However, if a person is really going to study this book and use some or all of the 48 tactics in it in order to gain an advantage over someone else, then, it becomes all about the scarcity mindset.

And frankly, I’m just not in that place.

Sure, I can probably figure out a way to twist, frame, or reposition myself against you such that I gain some amount of power over you.

But I don’t want to use my energy to that end.

It’s not ‘me against you’.

The more powerful you are, the more powerful we are together.

Robert Greene exposes the shadow side of power.

I propose that we shine a light on it.

Once you shine a light into the darkness, it can no longer stay dark.

Then, the ‘laws of power’ can be transformed into something even greater.

We can expose what we’re really afraid of, and make progress.

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