48 Laws of Power: Law #18 Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself – Isolation is Dangerous

Law 18: Do not build fortresses to protect yourself – isolation is dangerous

  •      Isolation cuts you off from valuable information.
  •      Its better to mingle.
  •      You are shielded from your enemy in a crowd.

One of the insidious dangers of going into Isolation is that you can end up using it as an excuse to delay confronting your insecurities and approach anxiety around socializing, particularly with women.

“I’ll just wait until I’m buff, then it’ll be easy” or “I’ll just wait until I’m pulling more money, then people will really respect me.” These are just excuses to avoid confronting your fear. You should be socializing as often as your schedule will allow. And if it doesn’t, then dial back your Isolation and make time for it. Interacting with other people will be the cornerstone of your relationships for the rest of your life, and like anything else it takes practice.

On a Macro level, Up until fairly recently, China was in near complete isolation since the Ming dynasty. They were closed off to a lot of trade and development for centuries. Once they opened the doors again, they realized they had fallen far behind the rest of the world. And while China managed to find their way back to the top, other countries such as those in the middle east are discovering that it’s not so easy to come out of isolation when the rest of the world has left you behind. They tend to be stuck in the past remembering a time when they were the leaders in mathematics, medicine, and trade, but fail to adapt to new technologies and ways of thinking.

Economics teaches this as well that no country will prosper to it’s fullest extent without international trade. While a single country may be best suited in every field, it won’t have the manpower to excel in every field to its maximum potential. Better to focus on production that will give you the most return and have less suited countries focus on production of lesser goods.


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