Sunday, 21 May 2017
An Insight to My Worldview
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Perhaps my most favourite book is “48 Rules of Power”, by Robert Greene. If there is a book that encapsulates and describes my worldview and approach to addressing issues, it is this book. I can say I have memorised it. In a sense, this is my sunnah. This is a book I recommend to people who need to understand why people are the way they are, and how to play them at their own game.
I do not believe, for example, in unilateral forgiveness. We speak of forgiveness after we have addressed the problem and made an example of certain people. We cannot fight every enemy. That is inefficient. It is better to select one, a prominent critic, and make a public example of crushing dominance so that others know to leave you alone.
All relationships are based on dominance. Some of it benign, based on respect, expectations and vested authority. Others are based on entitlement and rapacity. It is sometimes necessary to challenge the status quo and seize dominance, and that requires controlled, focused aggression.
Most bullies are cowards by nature, and much of society bullies people into conformance. The best way to deal with a bully is to be a bigger bully, and cow them into submission. This can be done by deflection or confrontation. I prefer confrontation.
Very few people are genuinely altruistic. It is more efficient to appeal to their self-interest to get things done. Everyone wants something, and it is an investment to know what they want.
It is important to choose the ground of any confrontation or challenge. Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” mentions nine types of ground. It is important to recognise deadly ground or a disadvantageous position and avoid them. It is equally important to disguise advantageous ground so enemies can be lured into a trap.
People must be made to understand that we have capabilities to hurt them if necessary. A well-placed word is sufficient. But it is foolish to reveal the full extent of wealth, connections and power. Certain cards are meant to be played only when necessary and not wasted on pawns.
We must never allow people to dictate to us their limitations of us. Success is meant to be seized. True success is found in power, not wealth. True power is found in knowledge. We are here to seize victory. As Ron White said, “I did not climb to the top of the food chain to eat carrots.”