highly of their plans, but only to gain the vote. After they have been elected, it realistically becomes hard to complete their promises, but they also do not follow through because of their own conflictions. We should be wary of politicians promising grand things because in reality, they won’t really happen. Speech is one of the most important things a ruler can use, and Ptah- Hotep says “direct your thought toward that which is wise. Be silent rather than scatter your words… speech is criticised more than any other labor… If you are powerful, respect knowledge and calmness of language… let not your heart be haughty, neither let it be mean.” This basically means ‘think before you speak’, but it goes on a much deeper level. It tells to be wise about giving instruction and opinion, and wisdom should be given to all though not only the words spoken. The last point that I believe to be relevant no matter the situation is the precept brought up on page 7; “If you have become great after being little… know how not to take advantage of the fact that you have reached the first rank… Put not behind you the neighbor who is like you; be unto him as a companion.” Whether someone has recently become the leader of a group project or the queen of England, “harden not your heart because of your elevation”, don’t treat others as lesser-thans, don’t lose the care and wisdom that drives good decisions, and don’t become lazy in any aspect of life.
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