The end justifies the means?

Machiavellian philosophy, formulated by Nicollo Machiavelli, a Florentine ambassador,  in his most (in)famous work The Prince, is more important than it seems to be. Just being mostly present in The Prince, a single book discussing how a prince should rule an entity, doesn’t make it sound very exclusive in our age of “democracy”. Moreover, the fact that the Lorenzo de’ Medici, ruler of Florence to whom The Prince was dedicated, ousted the author, Niccolo Machiavelli, out of city walls adds to the bogus impression of the surprisingly imperative book. The Prince, in fact, is a very deep novel which utilizes classical and historical rulers to describe the true nature of politics; although, this novel was produced long time ago in the Renaissance this book continues to affect us today by being integrated in our politics.

The Prince was written by Machiavelli to essentially regain a governmental post in the newly formed government of Lorenzo the Magnificeint. Dedicating his work to the ruler, Machiavelli intended to support monarchy whilst suppressing his thoughts of a republican state. Explaining what to do and what not to do, The Prince aimed to teach Lorenzo about the tough world of Politics and to secure his state. Machiavelli chiefly instructs Lorenzo to simply do what ever it takes to achieve the goal of the ruler: that is to say to ensure the security of all citizens and the capitalization of power; do anything, be it evil or good, to achieve the so called goal of the ruler. The Prince’s essential theme translates well into the concept of ‘The end justifies the means’.

The Prince may have been neglected by the Lorenzo the Magnificient but it is read all over the world by students, business leaders, and – more importantly – politicians! A wide range of readers provides a rich diversity of what is interpreted from the text. Politicians are the focus: interestingly, US Presidents are required to read The Prince before serving the US. The Prince, particularly affects leaders and politicians as it, as mentioned before, exclusively tells what the reader to believe for “the best result”. Now as this book influences leaders and politicians, it thus affects a massive population of us. The Prince particularly communicates a rather pessimistic view to life and states that even evil ways are just to maintain goals – not a very good thing for subordinates and especially for our “democratic” politics.

The Prince isn’t simply an infamous book written by an obscure and intriguing politician by the name of Nicollo Machiavelli, but it is a piece of literature that has affects people emotionally and everyday. Although, it affects us morally; this contributes to a “bigger picture”, the world: politics being affected is a valid example. The Prince is an example of an event which appears to be small, such as when Machiavelli was ousted for writing this, but initially has larger consequences, such as the effects on our world.

Sorry, if I made mistakes or made it too long. This is, in fact, my first post. I am not an experienced blogger and am improving in quickly writing essays. Took around 1 hour to complete this. I hope you enjoyed it. Sorry. I am open to criticism and I welcome your commments. Even if you stopped by and didn’t read the article, please comment if you want some improvements or just simply want to say something  🙂 

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