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The ends justify the means This statement is mentioned in Machiavellis The Prince written in 1513 and is still the subject of much discussion and debate When thought about one might think that at first this only refers to war but once you start to dig deeper you soon realize how much more this statement applies to then originally conceived It has to deal with more of our every day actions and living itself With man wanting to succeed and constantly thinking of ways to better himself and his surroundings I can see how many adopt this idea Some might say that this statement is true in some cases but this makes the statement false to them In any case I dont find this statement to be 100 true in all situations so I disagree with it greatly When you look at this statement from less of a standpoint in a more analytical sense you come to realize that all people are different so ones means greatly differ morally from one another more then anything Lets take a look at spanking for an example Most see it as harmless punishment to furthermore improve their childs behavior while others see it as downright brutality In the end the child behaves but from one standpoint that child could be scarred for life and greatly lose respect for its parents You take a look beyond the end or outcome and look at the repercussions In most cases it shows this statement to be false far more then true During Machiavellis time and before war wasnt what it is now In peacetime he thought of nothing except the means of waging war and when he was out in the country with his friends he often stopped and reasoned with themPg 39 in reference to Philopoemon War was a big thing back then and was always on the mind There was nothing greater then winning a war and acquiring
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