September 24, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power # 16: “Use absence to increase respect and honor.”
THE REVERSAL: Absence used for personal reflection and replenishment rather than a manipulation tactic is more honorable. It is respectful to communicate this.
Can it been seen clearly that calculated detachment and aloofness is a technique for control? Is it possible that someone may be playing this game to “give you enough rope”?
Does prolonged detachment decrease respect and honor? Is the power of absence relative to losing of a loved one? Could this be the true source of power to this law?
Why are people more respectful of someone absent rather than who is present and consistent? What does this say about the questioner?
Is it possible that the true wielders of power are “absent” from high profile media? Does this call into question what is happening behind the scenes of global events?
Is respect and honor earned by what people are actually DOING (or from hiding?) in the shadows? Why is prolonged absence a source of respect? Does it demonstrate a relinquishing of control even though it is a technique used to accomplish the opposite? “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”, yes, but is this always the necessary measure to exert power when not in balance?
September 25, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power # 17: “Keep others in suspended terror: Cultivate an air of unpredictability.”
THE REVERSAL: In today’s technological age, “unpredictable terror” is possibly the most predictable behavior.
All calculated predictability is scheduled for an unpredictable “explosion”. What explosion of emotion are your choices leading you to – anger, fear, love or joy?
In these days of monthly “apocalyptic” events, are “unpredictable” events really that unpredictable? What are you dedicated to in your own life that cannot be swayed by the unpredictability of others? What is the passion that anchors and centers you?
“Terror” is the fear of the unknown. What is the most fearful thought you might have been avoiding and how might you productively approach this fear? Does this help prepare you for the unpredictable?
If you empower yourself, would there be any reason whatsoever that another person could ever hold you in “suspended terror”? What support do you require from others to empower yourself to achieve this level?
Would compassion actually be considered more unpredictable in light of the abundance of conflict? You tell me, at this point what would be more unexpected — terror or compassion?
September 26, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power # 18: “Do not build fortresses to protect yourself – isolation is dangerous.”
THE REVERSAL: I actually kind of agree with this law even though it somewhat contradicts Law # 16: Use absence to increase honor and respect. My counter might be along the lines of understanding what the “Fortress” symbolizes. After all, even Supermen have built a “Fortresses” of solitude with their power.
What is the distinction between “using absence to create honor” and “building fortresses of isolation”? At what point does avoidance become a control drama with the direct intention of manipulation?
How isolated, emotionally and psychically, are some of the most powerful people in the world? Do we even know who these people are?
What are you protecting yourself from? What if what you fear actually made you empowered?
Can anything be “dangerous” when you truly know yourself? What self-imposed fortresses could possibly be built which cannot be instantly torn down? Is “time” considered a fortress?
What would you accomplish today if you had no concern for “protecting” yourself?
Is it okay to agree with a “Law of Power” if it encourages openness and honesty? Is there light in all darkness and darkness in all light? If so, what is the defining insight which separates “light” from “dark”? Might that intersection be the source of wisdom?
September 27, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power # 19: “Know who you are dealing with – do not offend the wrong person.”
THE REVERSAL: If the destruction of a psychological hierarchy/social class system is imminent, what could possibly be offended except for one’s own personal ego? (Ego being the delusion/perception one has of self.)
Why do we bestow honor only on those from whom we want something from? If honoring ourselves literally meant bestowing that kind of honor and awe for everyone, could we ever truly offend?
So consider that person you are dealing without judgement – what would you like know about them? Just ask.
Are there any “wrong” people if genuinely see each other as equals? What cause of ignorance in yourself might this “wrong” person be calling attention to?
If a person truly holds power over you, what is the psychological source of their power? What act of bravery can you exert to neutralize this power over you?
If you “offend” someone, what lesson might be available to both of you? What is causing either of you to accept or ignore this knowledge?
September 28, 2017
Greene’s Law of Power # 20: “Do not commit to anyone.”
THE REVERSAL: If one does not “commit”, is it then possible one has enough freedom to escalate both sides of a conflict? All judgements aside, not committing is a potentially dangerous place to be if one is discovered.
Is this the “law” which allows financial backing from one source to strengthen both sides of a conflict? (i.e. Socialism vs. Capitalism, Liberalism vs. Conservatism, ABC “Pick a faction” vs. XYZ “Pick a faction.”)
What is it that actually designates a commitment or loyalty? Is it the ability to offer full disclosure?
Does your commitment assure a “win” or a “loss” to someone else? Why or why not?
Where is your commitment as far as “service to self” or “service to others”? Do you know where on this spectrum your commitment may lie? (Do the questions even make sense?)
Where are your commitments spiritually, socially, personally or professionally? Do they support each other or are they counter-productive in relation?