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Machiavelli main idea in The qualities of the prince is to explain how leaders should achieve their goals without boundaries To Machiavelli a successful ruler is one who can impress people regardless of what he really is inside He says that it is sometimes better to seem good than to be good To him a good ruler is one that is seen as merciful faithful humane frank and religious so long as it does not interfere with his best interest He sees no purpose in restraining and controlling oneself for the society because the society will not prosper if the ruler does not Ruthlessness maliciousness and deviousness are all hailed as being acceptable in fact encouraged as means of securing position of power Through his prioritizing Machiavelli does not seem to be as concerned with the society and the individual as the previous philosophers in history have been Rather he sees power as the one and only goal in life regardless of the individual or the state Again though he is a reflection of his times The men of the Renaissance era wanted many things--money power enjoyment in life--regardless of the moral cost Others would argue that these superfluities either meant nothing or would not occur without restraining the desires of both ones self and ones state One needs balance of everything in order to reach the ideals of perfection but Machiavelli would argue that perfection is not real and so is not worth striving for Instead one must live for ones self He makes the generalization of men that they are ungrateful fickle dissembling anxious to flee danger and covetous of gain So long as you promote their advantage they are all yours and will offer you their blood their goods their lives and their children when the need for these I remote When the need arises however they will turn against you Men are less concerned about offending someone
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