Matt and Jay discuss the brutality of Game of Thrones, Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power, Machiavellian politics, the evil of Thomas Edison and – the big question – do right and wrong actually exist?
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Episode 24 Notes
2:30 – Make sure to read “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene and watch for our upcoming Bookcast on “The 48 Laws of Power”!
4:15 – Spoiler Alert! If you’re not up to date on GoT you may want to skip this show!
6:30 – Game of Thrones: One of the few shows both Jay and Matt watch
11:00 – George R. R. Martin’s historical characters vs Robert Greene’s histories
15:30 – Why the 48 Laws of Power should be taught in high school
18:00 – To achieve ultimate power, morality is an impediment
20:30 – Whether you like it or not, power is always valuable and attractive
“Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. Hence a prince who wants to keep his authority must learn how not to be good, and use that knowledge, or refrain from using it, as necessity requires.” ~Niccolò Machiavelli, “The Prince”
22:00 – Whether or not you’re moral, someone else won’t be
23:00 – Law of Power #7: “Get others to do the work for you but always take the credit” / Thomas Edison’s “genius” wasn’t in inventing, it was marketing
26:00 – Elon Musk also uses Law #7
28:30 – Law #14: “Pose as a friend, work as a spy”
30:30 – Infinity War spoiler troll story: The year-long revenge
34:30 – “In wartime, truth is so precious she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” ~Winston Churchill
37:00 – 21st century: The Age of Morality / Modern questions about what people will or won’t do / Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy
41:00 – The death of Ned Stark / In Game of Thrones, as in real life, the good man isn’t guaranteed to live
45:00 – Law #46 “Never appear too perfect”
48:30 – Law #26 “Keep your hands clean” / Lord Varys “The Spider” – Manipulates strings from a distance but is never seen to be involved
52:00 – The danger of holding onto perceived hurts to facilitate immoral actions
55:00 – Law #40 “Despise the free lunch” / Nothing is ever free. It is often worthwhile to pay full price.
1:00:30 – Californication + Hank Moody’s morality: “There is no good or bad – only consequences”
1:03:00 – Like it or not, morality is mutable for some people. If you don’t accept that truth you will suffer and quite possibly lose.
1:05:00 – Power is always at play. Learn the rules of power so you can remain moral and still win.
1:07:00 – No matter how hard it is, choose to do the right thing! Choose to be a Superior Man!