The 32nd law of power, “Play to People’s Fantasies,” is one that holds false hope and abstraction as keys to manipulating the minds of commoners. More often than not, the truth hurts. In a world where destiny is often cruel, bitter, unforgiving, people yearn for digressions, moments wherein dreams shine luminously, not casted to oblivion. Tapping in to the unconscious and bringing forth these images through vague fabrications filled with false promises will allow an individual to gain leverage over the others. Romanticizing, the ability to create something out of nothing, is the key to success in such malevolent endeavor. Like Cypriot Mamugna, an ordinary citizen of Venice who later changed his name to Bragadino. He established a reputation similar that of a god, an alchemist who can sew riches and a savior to a dying community. Venice, as an act of desperation, called him forth and ended up a victim to its own wild imagination. Bragadino fed on this misfortune and lived lavishly until he was disliked hence he left bringing the same deck of cards in search for his next victim. Amidst the shadows of reality, peace and keenness of mind, body and soul will allow an individual to alleviate one’s self to higher echelons of the society through taking advantage of other’s fantasies. But this power of exploitation demands extreme caution and great prudence for although it has aided many, history would tell us that likewise, it has also brought countless to their knees. Such authority, such control strikes fear in the hearts of many. Will anyone so corrupted, so malicious, so thirsty for power sell he/she soul and play with the Devil himself?
-Dexter Tanengsy, II- BS MIS