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Machiavellian temptation Anonymous 3193

I often have the urge to burn all bridges, cut all my friends off from my life, always lie and never reveal anything about myself, manipulate people around me etc. The way I handle this temptation is by doing the exact opposite; I rarely lie (to the point of everyone around me knowing me as a very blunt person), I am very outspoken and straightforward about myself, I don’t even flatter my way to top -let alone manipulating. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not a mask or anything, both people are still me. But I feel like I’m conflicted and I’m going to slip out. Especially since I’m going to live in a new place soon. Do you also have these temptations? How do you deal with it? Do you think I am wrong to hide this side of me completely?

Anonymous 3195

>I often have the urge to burn all bridges, cut all my friends off from my life, always lie and never reveal anything about myself

This part is just common sense these days with the internet.

Anonymous 3208

>>3193
Depends on what you are trying to accomplish. There's nothing wrong with being a machiavellian liar if it achieves the objective, but what is your objective?

Anonymous 3209

>>3208
nothing. it's just a temptation

Anonymous 3210

>>3209
Ah, well if you have no objective it is objectively a bad idea to be machiavellian then. With no objective you are just unmoored wishing to ride the currents gently where they go, and you certainly shouldn't act like someone with an agenda if you don't have one. All risk, no gain.

If I had to say how I deal with it, it would be, if I'm not trying to achieve something, then don't fucking rock the boat, and realize the most machiavellian thing I could do in such a situation is nothing.

On the other hand, if you're getting random urges, it's probably because you're bored and just want to stir shit up anyway.



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