On Change; Machiavelli

*Prince = to be represented as a Gung Fu Revolutionary, Maitreya, Lightbringer, Magus.

“Reforming an existing order is one of the most dangerous and difficult things a prince can do. Part of the reason this is so is that people are naturally resistant to change and reform. Those who benefited under the old regime will resist him fervently, whilst those who stand to benefit from his new order will help him only half-heartedly.

This is mainly because the reformers lack legitimacy, and because it is hard for people to believe in a proposed system that they haven’t experienced for themselves.

Moreover, it is impossible for the prince to live up to everybody’s rosy expectations; inevitably, he will disappoint some of his followers. To counter this, a prince must have the means to force his supporters to keep supporting him even when they start having second thoughts.

Only armed prophets succeed in bringing lasting change.”

Machiavelli

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