The 48 Laws of Power
Robert Greene
Contributed by Jack Shields
Chapter 32

Law Thirty-Two: Play to People’s Fantasies


For the most part, people like to avoid the truth because it is ugly unpleasant and ugly. It is, therefore, necessary not to appeal to the reality and truth. Truth and reality usually create anger and disenchantment among people (Greene 263). Life is full of distresses that people who manufacture fantasy are usually highly adored. There is huge power in taking advantage of the fantasies that the masses normally have. The city-state of Venice in the sixteenth century, the people of the city were drawn to the power of alchemy, a case that enabled them to become elated with overnight wealth that they would obtain (Greene 266). The view that people held that they would get instant wealth enabled them to become tied to their oppressive leaders.

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