posted on Jul, 27 2010 @ 08:15 PM
Han Fei Zi
was an acnicent Chinese philosopher of the "legalist" school, which has been condemned by
most of history for its extremely harsh, realpolitk-like take on things. However, his work continues to be read even after millenia because, like
Machiavelli, he demonstrated a strong understanding of the seamier side of human behavior.
One of his cardinal rules was that people's behavior and their words should always tally, or their would be trouble. For example, if a person says he
will do something and does less than he said, he will be punished. If he does more than he said he would, even if it is ultimately of great
he will still end up being punished. The key, according to this person, is to do exactly what you say you will, no more and no less.
I take this advice with a grain of salt, but the OP's post is an example of how even doing something that benefits others will get you in trouble if
its not what's expected or not cleared verbally first.