Niccolo Machiavelli’s “The Prince, ” originally published in 1532, is often pointed to as a manual for underhanded dealings, both in politics and business. However, there is a larger motivation behind Machiavelli’s writings, and a deeper understanding may be had of the advice he provides to those in power.
In this chapter we discuss some uncomfortable questions. Mainly “How do we regard prowess when the physical ability begins to wane?”
If you are in a combative sport, you deal with fatigue and injury your whole career. There is an inevitable point when physical skills deteriorate, and injuries weigh more heavily. How do we compensate for diminished strength or speed? What other virtues and skills can we bring to the fore?
Renown may be valued by anyone on the path of Chivalry. It speaks to our success and progress on the path. But how can one guard against self-aggrandizement and it’s cousin false humility? We discuss this topic because we recognize its importance, to anyone seeking the true path, as one of the most common potential pitfalls.