Monthly Archives: May 2007

TM Prompt #179 Empire

“What most people don’t seem to realize is that there is just as much money to be made out of the wreckage of a civilization as from the upbuilding of one… There’s good money in empire building. But, there’s more in empire wrecking.”Rhett Butler, ‘Gone With The Wind’ (Margaret Mitchell).

It is clear that Mr. Rhett Butler obviously understands the Laws of Power. Empires rise and Empires fall. People tend to be most generally complacent and stupid. They hate change. They resist it; never realizing that the very fabric of Life itself is always about change. Without it, like it or not, things stagnate, whither and die. But most do not pay attention to the cycles of change and even from this can be found profit and a way to not only survive, but to thrive. My own life has been long, I have seen and assisted in any number of literal empires in their rise and fall. And I have, from the inevitable rising and falling, profited from it.

Much has been written about how to wage war, how to build an empire or to preserve it or to strike one down. I have done both. Those who would build empires or tear them down forget one thing. They forget the rules of engagement with the opposition. Dreams of glory through full frontal assault make ordinary men (or women) into pocket potentates. And yet, not every war has been won with such blatant assault.

In this game that is Life, we all mean to win. None of us enter it setting out or even expecting to lose. But in order to win, you must realize that for most, the intellect loses to emotion. Groups think emotionally. The members of any given group will only change their course if something directly affecting them and their lifestyle is at stake. If they have something to lose, or if rather greed sets in because of a fear of lack. If you manipulate a situation just so, they will behave in a manner that cuts along the lines of instinct and therefore they will do as you wish them to. And they will do so simply because they cannot help themselves. And if you are the calm in the storm, more often times than not they will do whatever you ask. Thus, the tides of Power shift and you can be there to reap the rewards.

Muse: Fanny Fae / Faelyn
Fandom: Original Character
Word Count: 353

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Who has made you smile recently?

Smiles are a gift. To be completely honest, I wasn’t expecting such a gift that day. I was prepared to go to the conference, listen to a few less-than-interesting lectures and then go home to my own work and concerns. The first smile came when he addressed the assembly about poisons. I confess, I was amused since this was my area of expertise and I was thoroughly prepared to heckle in the fashion that scholars sometimes do with each other. You pose a question that you know the lecturer has no clue about and end up making them look like a complete buffoon. With this lecturer, however, I was pleasantly surprised that I was not given that opportunity. He knew exactly what he was talking about. His manner was thorough yet engaging and I could not resist the urge to seek him out after the conference. I waited patiently till most of the other attendees had gone when I could have a moment to speak with him, as one scientist to another.
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1.57.2: Soft, Lovely, Gentle, Kind

Is it possible for someone with a dark and ruthless reputation to actually have a heart? Beneath the hardness of heart there lies a not so easily exposed place where only the most tenacious and patient can gain access to it.

I understood him.

I did because I was intrigued by how a man of such ill reputation could so easily traverse the corridors of nobility. He was not always twisted and cruel. He was born to privilege, raised a Count, and yet he had a gentle heart that was generous and loving. His mother and sister knew of these virtues all of their lives, and I know in that in his darkest years he was ever-glad that neither of them had lived to see what he would become. I know that it was because of his gentleness, because of that soft and vulnerable place inside of him being crushed, that he became what he was.
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Thank You!!

Both mun and muse would like to thank the most generous and anonymous Livejournal Faery who has gifted Fanny with two extra months and icons of extra time on her journal. Whomever you are, you are so very wonderful! Thank you! 🙂

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