Volume 1412, Number 6
Crush Your Enemies — or else
From an interesting website – it’s supposedly Mafioso advice to businessmen.
First off, as much as you think you’re a great guy and that everyone loves you, I’m telling you that you have enemies. Everyone has enemies.
Enemies, my friends, are much like a fire that hasn’t been fully extinguished — one gust of wind and it will be burning in full force in no time.
When dealing with enemies, your goal should be to totally crush them. That is, make it so that they are no longer a threat to you. Not now, and not in 20 years from now. Thus, you must make sure you inflict enough damage to placate them forever.
The great Machiavelli said it best: ‘For it must be noted, that men must either be caressed or else annihilated; they will revenge themselves for small injuries, but cannot do so for great ones; the injury therefore that we do to a man must be such that we need not fear his revenge.’* It doesn’t get much clearer than this.
This “Business Godfather” then suggests ways to implement his advice. And later he goes on to say:
Tough love: They say: To forgive is divine, but unless you’re a priest, forget about it . . . forgiveness softens you up for the next time. It sets a precedent that says: “Go ahead, screw up — it’s OK.”
An Eye for An Eye: . . . but nothing is as important as evening the score. It’s about taking a stand and showing the consequences of being (attacked). Ever watch hockey? When the star gets jacked into the glass by a goon . . . the star’s defensemen will be head-hunting all night long,
A local example: Bubbles the blogger survived “Facebook Jail” (blocked from commenting for 90 days) during 2012 to come back with even more venom for this election. Clearly he wasn’t placated forever. If rational citizens ignored his silly comments we suspect that he’d take his fourteen followers and go away. (Unfortunately, that would reduce post-election entertainment. And it would lessen the PR opportunities for those who want to be recognized as “Bubbles Baiters” or as “Brilliant Bubbles Battlers.” High aspirations, indeed.)
* Other translations are available: (here)