Law 46: Never Appear Too Perfect

The 48 Laws Of Power Summary Series

Alexander Emmanual Sandalis

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Judgement

“Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses. Envy creates silent enemies. It is smart to occasionally display defects, and admit to harmless vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more human and approachable. Only gods and the dead can seem perfect with impunity.”

By appearing perfect — by appearing superfluous to mistakes and flaws, others may manifest envy.

“Only a minority can succeed at the game of life and that minority inevitably arouses the envy of those around them.”

“You will be a fool to think that there are not people who envy you because of your success, because of the things you have attained and I would be a fool to think so as well.”

Some people find it hard to believe that the people closest to them could plot to see their demise.

Understand: There is the potential for deception and malevolence within all of us — it would be a mistake to ignore this potential and feign ignorance for the assumption of good will.

There will be people that envy you and even some that will want to see you fall. Why? It’s…

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Alexander Emmanual Sandalis

Self-reflective writings & book summaries on philosophy, psychology and human behaviour. Video’s + podcast → youtube.com/emmanualalexander