Niccolò Machiavelli's Effective Truth

"In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow - and that is likely to hurt." ~ Wei Wu Wei

"The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." ~ George Orwell

Currently reading "The Prince"

"Effective truth," a concept from Renaissance thinker Niccolò Machiavelli's writings, especially in "The Prince," focuses on the results of actions rather than their adherence to absolute truth or morality.

Machiavelli believed leaders should prioritize practicality and adaptability, even if it means using tactics that might be seen as dishonest or manipulative in an ideal world.

He stressed the importance of understanding how actions are perceived, suggesting that the "effective truth" is what people believe or are persuaded by rather than objective reality.

Although some criticize it for promoting unethical behaviour, effective truth is essential in various fields where results are the top priority, such as a variety of business sectors and all different levels of politics.

It's essential to tell the truth and avoid justifying unethical behaviour. Always distinguish between what's true and what's not and refrain from supporting unethical actions.

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