I finally finished reading it - I mean really reading it - and I actually enjoyed the book and found it to be quite enlightening. I remember my ex keeping this book away from me. I still would read through it periodically but it simply didn't hold my interest as I hated the politics of life anyway - still do. Good thing too because if I wanted to practice this philosophy I would probably be very good at it. Had I continued on my course to become a lawyer or if I aspired to achieve success as defined by much of society, I would definitely follow the snake-like principals outlined by Machiavelli. Fortunately, there is still a softness to me that won't permit me to do that. If I had to make a choice, I'd rather swim with sharks than slither with snakes.
It still amazes how people really take these instructions to heart. From politicians to gangsters some proudly proclaim that they made the "ultimate Machiavellian move" - like that's something to be proud of. Since when is lying, scheming, and being amoral something to be proud of?
I remember that famous line from the book "Is it better to be loved or feared or feared than loved?" stated by Sonny in "A Bronx Tale" - one of my favorite movies. My only question is WWJD?