The Negativity of Ignoring

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Ashley Fabilane
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ENGL 100
9 November 2011

The Negativity of Ignoring

Revenge is often depicted as an act of evil, torture, or sadistic ways. When one is planning revenge it usually means one will hurt a person physically. In The Forty-Eight Laws of Power by Robert Greene, he explains how one of the best acts of revenge is ignorance. In this way a person is not tormented physically, but mentally. Although Greene is correct when explaining the act of ignoring can make one seem superior, he fails to mention the negative effects that acts of ignoring can bring. Throughout law 36, Greene explains: “Disdain things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best revenge” (300).While this may be true, ignorance can also cause negativity in the way someone may be perceived as well as problems in relationships, school, family, and children. Robert Greene’s law 36: “Disdain Things You Cannot Have: Ignoring Them Is The Best Revenge” states in his judgment that by giving attention towards an enemy you strengthen their credibility and it is best to show contempt for things or people you have interest in (300). Although Greene makes a valid point that ignorance makes one seem superior, he fails to mention how one might be perceived through the acts ignorance. For example, if a person is using ignorance to get rid of someone they do not like, then the person they do not like may begin to think of that person as immature, and weak. Not taking action makes people seem cowardly. The way this person may be seen is as someone that has traits such as not paying attention or caring, frequently being rude and inconsiderate, or in today’s modern jargon a “bitch” or an “asshole.” Even though people are sometimes drawn to the fact that someone is not showing any interest in them because it makes the person ignoring seem mysterious or attractive, it should also make one wonder why they would be curious about someone that gives off a vibe that obviously shows they are not...
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