Note 14

If you are nice, the smart people will appreciate you, the evil ones envy you, the stupid ones mistreat you, and the strangers either like you if they are like you, or dislike you, if they are not like you. If you are not nice, the smart people will avoid you, the evil ones fight you, the stupid ones be hurt by you, and the strangers will probably ignore you or run away from you. The sum of these equations shows that being nice is always better (though not perfect) than being unnice. On the contraries, the wise person, in my opinion, knows how to “variate”: be nice when you know you will be appreciated, opaque, amorphous and vague when meeting evil people, inaccessible to the stupid, and cautious but not paranoid when meeting strangers.

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