On How to Live

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Paul is a man who has deep political convictions. He knows, for instance, that reality always wins in the end.

But Paul also observes humans playing their games and sees that most people don't always use reason when they should.

So, even while he knows certain things to be true, he never expresses his true political views to any but those closest to him. When he talks to someone, he quickly senses what political views the other supports, and emulates it; when speaking to some who has left-wing convictions, he sports those also. When talking to someone with right-wing opinions, he acts as though he himself held those opinions.

Turns out people like those who agree with them and support their worldviews. For this reason, Paul has lots of people who like him and who think he is 'one of theirs'.

When in the USA, Paul dines at the best restaurants, gets invited to partake in successful business deals, earns lots of money and drives the best cars.

When in China, he shows soft opinions but never in disagreement to whoever he is talking to. He is always seen in the company of powerful people who help him achieve whatever he wants.

When in North Korea, Paul has friends in high places, who make sure that he gets to receive two slices of bread per day instead of the regular one. There's no such things as miracles.

Be very careful when expressing you political opinion.

Be very careful when expressing your political opinions, most of all in public. Even when you do, you must sound like a moderate; if you are seen as a radical, even those in 'your side' may feel uneasy because they may fear you may go over the top or maybe they do not to be seen as associating themselves with you.

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