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Everyone knows that Machiavelli asked the famous question "Is it better to be loved or feared?". For my history class we were required to read the Prince by Machiavelli and write a short synopsis of his argument. I was intrigued to find out that Machiavelli didn't simply claim that a leader should strive to be feared; instead he claimed that every successful ruler has to incorporate different approaches to his power depending on each unique situation. He argued that well-used cruelty submits people into obedience while subtle admiration and attention makes people feel as a priority within the rulers’ concern. So the answer isn't as black and white as people normally think
Contributed by Kristi Shevkun
"Because life is short and many are the pains that every man bears who lives and stints himself, let us go on spending and wasting the years as we will, for he who deprives himself of pleasure only live with labor and toil does not understand the world's deceits."
Contributed by Lori Jones