Law 34 from the 48 Laws of Power:
Law 34 Be Royal in your Own Fashion: Act like a King to be treated like one
The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated; In the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown.
What one can survive without, he will attract. This follows basic universal laws, which say that if one is needy, he will not attract that for which he is needy. If you are desiring money, first ask yourself for what ends. Then set out to achieve those ends without money; set out to be happy without money; set out to embark on worldly adventures without money.
Similarly, if you desire women, examine why this is so. For example, you might say “a girlfriend would make my life more fun.” Fine, this might be true, but first set out to have more fun without the help of your target: women. It is common knowledge that neediness repels women, and this is a common thread for most things in life. Therefore, to attract women, first eliminate your need for women.
A common desire is to travel the world, yet we often forget to look at the world which lies beneath our feet. We’re always traveling the world, aren’t we?
If you desire power, first ask yourself why you desire such an abstract thing. Power is enjoyable; it’s an end to itself, like listening to music.
If you feel conflicted about pursuing power, first examine history. An aside:
Religion, often organized by the State, discourages power because the elite, who first organized religion, want for themselves and their descendants a stability of power. Emperor Constantine legalized and adopted Christianity for the Roman Empire, but only after he met with Church leaders, put together a Bible which would suit the state, and destroyed Gospels of opposing views. Many people feel conflicted in their pursuit for power, money, and multiple women because of religion. Little realize that today’s Christian religion barely resembles the original Christian religion. In reality, we should strive to fill our world with heaven.
From the Gospel of Thomas, which was almost completely erased from history by the Romans:
Jesus said, “If your leaders say to you, ‘Look, the (Father’s) kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father’s) kingdom is within you and it is outside you.
We should therefore make our earthly lives similar to the heaven we desire. Stop waiting for the perfect life, it doesn’t exist. The only thing that exists is the life you’re currently living, so enjoy it as much as you can.
Therefore, if you desire power, act as if you are already powerful. Follow Law 34, and act like royalty. Act like Richard Wagner, the great composer who once said:
I am not made like other people. I must have brilliance and beauty and light.
Royalty has a sense of a higher purpose, advancing the interests of their nation. Also from Wagner:
I let myself be guided without fear by my instinct. I am being used as an instrument for something higher than my own being warrants… I am in the hands of the immortal genius that I serve for the span of my life and that intends me to complete only what I can achieve.
With this thinking in mind, Richard Wagner became one of history’s greatest composers. He lived a powerful, famous, rich life; and with this mentality, so will you.
In order to adopt a mentality so that you may live it without effort, you must dedicate effort to live it. From this point on, live with an air of regality; cease your old ways of peasantry and you shall soon become royal.
Think royal, dress royal, associate with the royal, live royal, and you will become royal — inside and out.
Takeaways from today’s lesson:
- We attract what we don’t need. To gain something, act and think as if you already have it.
- Do not let the elite of two millennias ago keep you from becoming powerful. Eliminate any conflicting beliefs that will deter you from attaining power, women, and riches.