I have been studying this essay for years. I consider it one of the most significant pieces of writing ever written.
Put not your trust in Princes. However, both of these views are based on a misconception. Jesus can be a tragic victim of wrong without Caiaphas having been a bad person or done the wrong thing, let alone an anti-Semitic caricature.
Caiaphas was in fact doing his duty, as we must construe the duty of a statesman, as opposed to the duty of a private person.
Whatever the institutional self-interest of Caiaphas may have been, what we see in his reasoning is a proper appreciation of his position of political responsibility.
There is a difference because of the characteristic moral dilemma that occurs with political power. The lives of many, the "whole nation," depend on Caiaphas; and if he must truly chose between the innocent lives of many and the innocent life of one, then, however unpleasant, disturbing, or regretable, the trust that the many have placed in him must predominate and he must do what is necessary that "that the whole nation should not perish.
The peril of Caiaphas' position is revealed when we find that the High Priest Ananus and his colleague Jesus ben Gamaliel were murdered by the Zealots, led by John of Gischala, in This meant that the Revolt would be a fight to the death, with no compromise sought from the Romans.
We must credit Caiaphas with avoiding, for a time, such evils [ note ]. It must be understood, however, that a prince Thus he must be disposed to change according as the winds of fortune and the alternations of circumstance dictate.
As I have aleady said, he must stick to the good so long as he can, but being compelled by necessity, he must be ready to take the way of evil [e, come di sopra dissi, non partirsi dal bene, potendo, ma sapere entrare, nel male, necessitato] Thus, the implication of amorality or immorality in the passage above, although very limited if it is read carefully, contrasts with a passage in Machiavelli's own Discourses: Walker translation, Penguin Books, p.
This superficially looks like another statement by Machiavelli in the Discourses: For when the safety of one's country wholly depends on the decision to be taken, no attention should be paid either to justice or injustice, to kindness or cruelty, or to its being praiseworthy or ignominious.
However, he was no disciple of Machiavelli just because of those goals. The quote just given is immediately followed by: On the contrary, every other consideration being set aside, that alternative should be wholeheartedly adopted which will save the life and preserve the freedom of one's country.
Only the Bolsheviks were saved, so that they could continue slaughtering the workers and peasants in whose name they had seized power. He admired republics, especially the Roman Republic ; he admired and revered Marcus Aurelius. He did not admire tyranny; he did not admire, but despised, Caesar. He would have had no difficulty recognizing Lenin and Trotsky, or Hitler and Stalin, for the monsters that they were -- all of whom made "war on virtue, on letters, and on any art that brings advantage and honour to the human race.
A genuine moral dilemma arises when a wrong must be committed, not just for any purpose, but unavoidably for a genuinely good purpose. If the purpose of a prince or leader is simply his own personal or dynastic ambition, regardless of the cost to his country or its citizens, this is not a worthy purpose, and we have an evil, not a dilemma.
Machiavelli does say that "it is often necessary to act against mercy, against faith, against humanity, against frankness, against religion in order to preserve the state," which does seem to say that the state, and not personal or dynastic ambition, is the proper end of statecraft.
Perhaps so, but this also depends on what the state is supposed to be.January To do something well you have to like it.
That idea is not exactly novel. We've got it down to four words: "Do what you love." But it's not enough just to tell people that. THE PERSON I ADMIRE/THE INSIPER There are so many people who have changed so many lives in my community especially to the youth, but Mandla Ndlovu was born to save the community with his uniqueness to others.
I admire her because of her strength, and determination. Ten strong men physically could not out-match my mother's strength mentally.
My mother enjoyed reading dearly, and she would read any piece of paper or scrap she could find. A person I admire There is a Chinese proverb once said: “The very first teachers you have in your life are your parent.
” Parents are not only your friends, your relatives that share the same bloodline with you, but also the best teacher you can even have in .
Hard work was part of my life, but still she is smiling all the time I've seen her. My mother's sister and my aunt is the person who I admire the most. Her life can be a good example of a person who has suffered a lot, but never asked for help as asking for help was symbol of weakness for her.
I /5(11). If you will have to write the person admire essay for the application to the chosen educational program so you will have to choose such a person which can really serve as the motivation and inspirational person.
And of course, the life of this person should be related to the chosen field of study.