Think you’re safe hidden away behind those walls, excuses, or personal assistants? Think again: isolation and being hidden from view will be your undoing. This week we guide you through Law 18 and discuss how to bring the public to you; how introverts can still practise this Law effectively; what lessons we can learn from history’s great (and not so great) leaders… and why this Law doesn’t actually contradict Law 16: Use Absence To Increase Respect And Honor. Law 18 is also, at its core, all about networking, but, we’ll explain, when done properly, this doesn’t have to be weird and icky.

This Law throws up some tense reflections from Dre as he considers what it means for anyone who, like him, works from home (although they, unlike him, we discover, probably didn’t invent their own alphabet at age 14). We also explore how to create social power out of nowhere, share perhaps the most terrifying, nightmare-inducing story ever created, and advise you not to invade Russia in winter.

 

This Episode includes:

  • Finding the balance: when to be more and when to be less visible
  • Lessons from the dictators – did Hitler and Stalin transgress this Law?
  • The dangers of overestimating our productivity and refusing to go out and take breaks
  • The ultimate power games at court: Louis XIV’s Versailles
  • If you keep yourself in a container, you lose the ability to flow; you become shaped by the container and lose your power
  • Reaching out and being sociable isn’t good in itself – remember to be discerning
  • Creating a new personality to gain social power
  • Why this Law is actually all about networking… but that doesn’t have to be a dirty word
  • The need for both order and chaos in our lives
  • The times when you do need to find some solitude

Mentioned in the Episode:

  • Clearing up the Chinese history question: This Law features Ch’in Shih Huang Ti, who was the very first Emperor of China, and was of the Qin dynasty. Liu Pang from Law 15 would crown himself Emperor, taking the name Han- Kao-tsu, and was the first emperor of the Han dynasty, which came later (apologies for inconsistent transliteration – I have no idea how it works for Chinese!).
  • The incredible Team America movie
  • The TV show, Versailles
  • The right kind of isolation: the float tank!

 

Join us as we continue our 48 Laws of Power review, exploring Robert Greene’s provocative and compelling book, in which he lays bare the history, practice, psychology, and philosophies of power that ultimately shape all human relations. Often seen as a handbook for the ‘modern Machiavelli’, we take a closer look, beyond the hyperbole, and discuss how understanding and implementing these Laws can actually enrich your life personally, professionally and spiritually.

Jon and Dre aim to get to the heart of each of the Laws, grapple with their sometimes disturbingly amoral nature, and discuss what the Laws mean in everyday life (often revealing their own experiences – good and bad – when they’ve either observed or transgressed them).

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48 Laws of Power T-Shirts

Each of these original T-Shirts includes an elegantly presented quotation illustrating the Law.

Law 18: ‘Solitude is dangerous to reason, without being favourable to virtue‘– Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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2 Comments
  1. Throwaway 9 months ago

    Hey guys,

    I am really enjoying your podcasts. The topic itself is already pretty interesting but your format and discussions are making the topic even more interesting.

    I am commenting this video, because in the end, Dre mentions this experiment with shutting off your senses, touch etc. I cannot seem to find it, do you have some sort of link available?

    I would actually like to ask you a question regarding the podcast and the rule 34 I think – Think as you like but behave like others. The rules, cultivating your dark triads, and this entire strategic philosophy is very interesting but I wouldn’t admit I try to follow to the rules. Having the reputation of being calculative, Dwight-like (the office character), manipulative is not the ideal reputation to have. This reputation repels people and undermine your position. I will not be running around the place and suggesting people to read 48 rules. I just think I would share this bit in advance so that hopefully you can discuss it more in the actual rule podcast.

    Anyway, really thanks guys for setting the podcast I really enjoy listening to it.

    • Andrea Domenichini 9 months ago

      I think it all depends on how much you let on and how good you are. Women knew Casanova was a “Playa” but they still got seduced, thats because he was good at it. Dwight can be repulsive because he is obvious unsubtle and not very good at manipulation, not because he is manipulative.

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