You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.”
– Lou Holtz
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The Drowned and the Unsaved
He survived, of course.
But also he was drowned.
He was about to blame himself for the darkness
for the rest of his life.
Truth on the reality of the exile slowly seeps through ...
Indeed, why your displaced dreams ache to go home, Jozef.
Far better to strip the reality naked and force it out into the open
where the whole world can ponder at the irony of a life about
Niccolò Machiavelli taught that politics is an alien universe, unstable and inconsistent – dominated by chance – in which appearance, not reality, defines success. It does not matter who politicians really are. What matters is how people perceive them. Because public opinion is fickle, politics a gamble and the political universe unstable, successful leaders need minds that change with “fortune and changing circumstances”. And because “people are ungrateful, fickle, feigners and dissemblers”, the politician must necessarily also be a “great feigner and dissembler”. Dishonesty – and indeed any other immoral conduct – is justified, for Machiavelli, provided that it leads to dominion over a powerful state. The end justifies the means (“accusandolo il fatto, lo effetto lo scusi”).
When the flawed succeed: Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings and the corrosion of morals Times Literary Supplement
We know this happens every day, but it doesn’t lessen the obligation to bring sunshine to all of it.