Compare And Contrast Machiavelli And Lao Tzu

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Opposite Sides of the Same Coin A drop of water can break a mountain in half but so can a stick of dynamite. This is how the writings of Machiavelli and Lao Tzu can be tied in together. They both believed that their way of instructing a leader was the best way and for their time period they where right. Lao Tzu being from the 6th century BC and believing in the “Tao-te Ching” in contrast Machiavelli of the 16th century with the holy roman church attacking every Pagan. Both believing in a higher and the both Bibliographies preach two allowed two very different styles of living. The Tao message is to work in the shadows “When his work is done the people say; amazing look at the job we did by ourselves.” Working in the shadows has never …show more content…

Machiavelli felt that a leader should help their people be better. An invested leader, has people that will respond when called on. The role of a Prince is to gain power and to stay in power leading into having a government focused on every aspect of the community. In the other hand, Tzu preached that the universe would work everything out. Which means that have no government and there is no corruption, if no economics then there is no greed. Continuing with Lao Tzu idea of letting things universe work itself out, he thought that ruling with acceptance and not repression let the people feel free. Oppositely Machiavelli embodied the saying, “I trust you as far as I can throw you” meaning that be ready for people are going to go back on their promises and on that they are not going to grant you the same mercy that you gave to them. Since a coin shares the rim on both sides both Lao Tzu and Machiavelli believed in the idea of everyone should love the ruling party. Both men knew that it is nearly impossible for a country to revolt or be defenseless if everyone loves you. Being loved is every hard to do and making enemies is easier than counting to two but, “a prince must guard himself from

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