Life is War! With COVID-19 and Machiavelli

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Any country that started preparing against Corona virus when the cases were first reported in China, already started too late.

Therefore, if he who rules a principality cannot recognize evils until they are upon him, he is not truly wise; and this insight is given to few.

Excerpt From

The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli

Tools have been available to prepare for circumstances such as this, but awareness and utilization remain abysmally low.

Those asking what health authorities are doing to contain the situation are also negligent. Everyone should be holding authorities accountable because they know what should have been in place. But many people do not know, not because it is difficult or they have not heard the messages. What then is the problem? Why would individuals and governments never give serious thought and take visible measures against threats of catastrophic proportions despite repeated warnings? It seems to me to be what I will call the “nature of man.” This nature of man is usually cynical, and would not only not take warnings seriously, but will sometimes view the harbingers of this warning as clowns to be tolerated just to appear politically correct; or as people who want to show off superior knowledge yet relying on “guesswork”. This is true even in the face of the ongoing raging threats. Machiavelli was right when he said few have insight before evils are upon them, but beyond that, he must have lived in denial, because he forgot to mention that even fewer recognize evils which are already upon them.

He ought never, therefore, to have out of his thoughts this subject of war, and in peace he should addict himself more to its exercise than in war; this he can do in two ways, the one by action, the other by study.”

Excerpt From

The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli

Health security is a matter of national security, and remember the saying “security is everyone’s business.”

When there are no emergencies is the time to prepare earnestly!

Because there are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehended; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, the third is useless”

Excerpts From

The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli

While fear-mongering is discouraged and counter productive, there is no room for wishful thinking. The right amount of fear is important, as fear is a natural protective mechanism for humans.

How will we tell those who truly comprehend the threats upon us? They are those who are not only responding appropriately (or making real efforts at preparedness) but have already started preparing for the next outbreak beyond COVID-19.

Ande Elisha

The Amateur Philosopher

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