First, thank you nombre de la pluma for commenting on my previous post  !

I’m glad to have company
in this epic parenting struggle.

Are we might or right?
My children probably think
we (parents) are the might
that should be fought against.

Their cause being the right of
free will in education
before the age of maturity.

Sure, I’ve spent an entire day
sinking to the level of a
14 year old hormone charged
sugar junkie with entitlement issues.

I feel that in our current culture,
the children have all the might and
I feel that my urges of an education
are right.

I don’t even wish for my children
to study a prescribed field.

I stupidly
want them to be happy and
pick their own damn direction.

Obviously, I am not doing this
parenting thing the right way.

If I were rigid and demanded
my children be artists
like their parents
then perhaps they would rebel
becoming doctors and lawyers
so they could afford to
take advantage of their
copious incomes and live
their dreams on weekends
holidays and vacations.

One day, when I am done
with this life long job
I will give myself an award
for successful completion of
31 years on the job training.

“It is a general rule of human nature that people despise those who treat them well, and look up to those who make no concessions.” Thucydides 3.39.5


Might versus Right

Greek historian Thucydides, who stated that “right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”


Adin Ballou (1803–1890), who wrote, “But now, instead of discussion and argument, brute force rises up to the rescue of discomfited error, and crushes truth and right into the dust. ‘Might makes right,’ and hoary folly totters on in her mad career escorted by armies and navies.” (Christian Non-Resistance: In All Its Important Bearings, Illustrated and Defended, 1846.)


Due to their skill at interpersonal manipulation, there has often been an assumption that high (Machiavellians) possess superior intelligence, or ability to understand other people in social situations. However, research has firmly established that Machiavellianism is unrelated to IQ. Furthermore, studies on emotional intelligence have found that high Machiavellianism actually tends to be associated with low emotional intelligence as assessed by both performance and questionnaire measures.



6 thoughts on “Will my Machiavellian child ever grow into an emotionally mature adult?

  1. Loved the Thucydides quote. And I think it’s true because people tend to see GOOD people as weak. And we live in a culture of survival of the fittest! When you’re ready to graduate, let me know and we’ll throw a party!!!

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