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Virt In Machiavellis The Prince in order to be a successful ruler a statesman must possess virt The Machiavellian principle of virt begins with the idea that a ruler must be prudent and cautious and in times of peace he may be non-violent Yet if the situation calls for it he needs to take bold decisive action at any cost It can be appropriate to lie and make false promises as well as to act in a manner that seems violent and ruthless The essential need for political order is to be sacrificed for no reason moral or immoral Instead political decisions are to be based on the means by which to retain political power and the political practicality of those results Machiavelli feels that the world is comprised of unpredictable forces that are working against each other and a leader needs to create an order out of these forces He believes that by nature human beings are more inclined toward evil than good and so it is impossible to do what is only morally right If a ruler tries to proceed in this fashion he is bound for failure because of the impossibility of adjusting continuously to the ever-changing circumstances A ruler only has to reflect the human nature of a state to know how to act In order for a ruler to exemplify the meaning of virt he must be committed to doing what need be He must realize that a ruler is only as strong as the foundation on which he builds his political power It is of the utmost importance to realize that even if at a present time things are peaceful situations change repeatedly Fate and fortune can be the ruin of a ruler Yet if a ruler uses judgment and is prepared at all times for whatever circumstances may occur fate and fortune can be controlled War is to never
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