on Niccolò Machiavelli #10
“Minds are of three kinds: one is capable of thinking for itself; another is able to understand the thinking of others; and a third can neither think for itself nor understand the thinking of others. The first is of the highest excellence, the second is excellent, and the third is worthless.” – Niccolò Machiavelli
In us, everyday a struggle rages. Oh don’t say, “No! Not me!”
You are a human being and you are just like the rest of us. Everyday, we wake up with good intentions but what happens throughout the day and our reactions to those events that happen is what makes us choose between one of the three kinds.
Unfortunately, we tend to pick the first or the third mind and seldom do we choose the second mind.
That is why we must always be cognizant of the fact that we can make a choice and not just act because that’s the way we’ve always done things.
Be mindful of the fact that actions do not always require reactions, they require slow and deliberate response to the action.