Posts Tagged ‘rome’

Quote of the Day: Niccolò Machiavelli

May 3, 2013

“…it is better to be adventurous than cautious, because Fortune is a woman, and if you wish to keep her under it is necessary to beat and ill-use her…”

– Niccolò Machiavelli, Il Principe

He also says that humans “are evil”.

In these two quotes, Machiavelli embodies the European society created by the dark ages, i.e. the Christian age. The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of everything sentenced a) humanity to be forever incomplete – mortal and greedy – and b) women to suffer menstruation and birthing pains. I know that The Prince is possibly partly satirical, although I think only when it comes to details about governing and not the fundamentals like his views on human nature. Using a word like “evil” might be an exaggeration for comic effect, although still not opposite his genuine beliefs. The common people are considered detestable, war is considered obvious and women are not even considered. Even though Machiavelli does not appear to be very pious, he does sum up the horrible side of Europe, the breeding ground of Christian doctrine.


Obviously, we must ask ourselves if Machiavelli was the biggest ever troll in Europe, causing centuries of naivety and deceit alike.

“Poe’s law, in broader form, is:

Without a blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of extremism or fundamentalism that someone won’t mistake for the real thing.[2]

The core of Poe’s law is that a parody of something extreme by nature becomes impossible to differentiate from sincere extremism. A corollary of Poe’s law is the reverse phenomenon: sincere fundamentalist beliefs being mistaken for a parody of that belief.[2]”


Sweden Loses in Football against Denmark on National Day

June 7, 2009

Today, Swedes won a 2nd place in the French Open. Federer won over Söderling 3-0. We also got a 1st place in the youth version of the tournament. And the Swedish handball team won as well.

However, this was not enough to make up for the loss yesterday when Denmark beat Sweden in the biggest national sport football/soccer. Sweden lost on the Swedish National day. People were excited about facing our neighbour, had all the beer and face-paint needed to make it a great national day. And in these economically harsh times it’s always good to have something to be happy about, something that distracts you from the mundanity or horrors of real life. When all else fails, you can always be happy for the Danish. My mother, living in the southern part of Sweden which belonged to Denmark 350 years ago, said they had to switch to cheering for Denmark when Sweden couldn’t perform. Very handy indeed.

During the tennis match a person from the audience jumped the fences and ran around on the court, until tackled by security and carried off by three people holding the arms and legs. Made me think how often that happened during the days of the gladiators of Rome. Huge popular sport at the time and I’m sure there was some streaking going on, perhaps some demonstrations as well, perhaps brutally stricken down by the Emperor’s bodyguards. Maybe not, but we know who wrote the history and everything that happened 2000 years ago has not been preserved to us.