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The Sorcerer (I)
On August 16, 2010, in Leadership magic, by Neculai Fantanaru

The day you'll feel able to subordinate as many people as possible, on that day you'll become a sorcerer.

Edmond Dantes thought with great care about the meaning of his unexpected escape from d'If castle. And the fact that he was offered the famous treasure of Spada convinced him of the advantage he had in his favor. He wanted to get revenge, and for his revenge to be complete, he had to set in motion an entire mechanism, but without leaving any trace, any doubts, any signs, only a deep air of mystery, a cold air and full of doubt.

V for Vendetta

The thought of revenge got a shape in his mind as a living image of a magical, dangerous, complicated game, full of intrigues and betrayals, which directly reflect, just like a mirror, his own character, deeply changed by the hardships of life. His mind was always filled wit this never-ending and insistent thought – his revenge.

But in order to touch the painfully sensitive chord of his enemies – those who plotted against him and sent him to prison unrightfully - and to punish them, he first had to scare them and deform their reality, disturbing their minds with scary appearances, with undistinguished voices, with piercing looks, by a long series of suspicions and turns of events – everything with an extraordinary dissimulation.

The kingdoms of kings are bordered either by mountains, either by rivers, either by chances of characters, either by chances of language, but the kingdom of a sorcerer is as large as the entire world, it has no boundaries, only its conscience.

All of a sudden, Edmond Dantes turned into a sorcerer with full powers – the Count of Monte Cristo, who, by manipulating his "crystal globe", could identify with an extraordinary precision all his enemies' moves.

And he was so skilled in understanding his enemies, that, by throwing in their hearts that terrible fear of death, he could feel their heartbeats, each of their breath, their shakes of emotion and fear. Only he was able to see what was really happening deep in their being, because only he could graze like an almost imperceptible shadow in each of their lives.

Leadership: Do you have the power to unlock those areas of impact in your evolution, that constitute a basis for the ways in which virtues are manifested?

A leader knows how to confront the perils of life and their consequences, so that he creates a masterpiece of cunningness, wickedness, plots, intrigues that serve a cause, an idea, a vision or a plan that the leader feels he needs for an exceptional interpretation. Thus, we find out about the existence of a reproduction that conforms to a human model of prudence and wisdom, favored by the pretentions of a scary, but balanced and evolved liveliness, promoted mostly through the regulations of reason illuminated by faith and the multicolored rays of all virtues.

The capacity to successfully dissimulate a situation, using the nature of the cause and the objectives for which not only an answer is needed, but also a performance that fills any need of resources; to know how to do it, so as in every situation, no matter how impossible it may seem, to put yourself in a favorable light by playing an important part and through the liveliness that a new identity gives – all these require to know many optimum positions for exerting some pressure over the opposite area, that can be breached through a variety of moves, without impeding the mobility of your own forces.

Leadership based on the ways in which virtues are manifested as tools of one’s own valorization, will reproduce the structure of the ratio between inferior and superior, interpreter and his monopoly situation – according to his approach, making permanent or justifying the hierarchy of his existent characteristics.

But before opening new perspectives or making the key moves, a leader-master in the plan of creation – has to find the power to unlock those areas of impact in his evolution, that constitute the basis for the ways in which virtues are manifested. Because virtues tend to reach higher even before facts are born, and they’re manifested only in respect to what you perceive as “ups and downs”, to something that you’re missing, to what you really feel every day, to what you create and what you offer as spontaneous reactions to whatever happens around you.

Only a sorcerer can do what nobody can

But, just like a real sorcerer, the Count of Monte Cristo guided himself after an old secret of magic: „Nothing must be what it is, only what it is not. And, contradictorily, what it is must be what it could not be.

The sorcerer had his own special way of demonstrating his powers, with a subtlety and gradation of emotions hard to reach by any actor, with an extraordinary scene play which made his illusions seem real. Everything depended on his imagination and his enemies' inattention, as well as the delicacy with which he chose and applied his scenarios. Sometimes, it depended on the warmth of his voice, his clear look, his bon mots which made you entrust yourself completely and obey him.

When the sorcerer appeared, it was either dark, or he gave you the feeling of complete darkness, it was terrifying, shadowed by his own mystery, by his own identity unknown by anybody, and his scene play was full of suspense, nerve cracking. Even if it were daytime, the night seemed to cover his enemies, who felt as if they were caught in the whirlpool of a waterfall: they could crack their heads while falling or escape unharmed.

Calm and unshaken, the sorcerer presented a fearful look for all those marked with red in his calendar, the calendar of judgment, him being the most pure prototype of the correct and hard judge.

Leadership: Do you have the ability to see clearly in everything, just like in a crystal globe?

Strange and impenetrable is the will of the man convinced that his powers are unsuspected and unlimited. The Count of Monte Cristo proved an authentic leadership, solid, by the craftiness and patience with which he built his strategies and turned them into reality. In his ineffable game, everything depended on his will, often leaving the sensation that his is a sorcerer, with unlimited powers, not to be nailed or stopped by anybody, no remorse as any of those stopping the powerful ones and no obstacle of those nailing down those who are too weak.

One of the strong points of a leader is his ability to deepen all things and to clearly see in everything, just like in a crystal globe. The Count of Monte Cristo succeeded in tricking his enemies, often frightening them, since he was always a second ahead of them. A wrong measurement, one erroneous provision, could have made him fail.

But he wasn't meant to fail, not the man, or, better said, not the sorcerer who has the power to take upon him the thoughts of other people, discerning with a mysterious look the quality of souls - not to him, whose mind deciphers well the meanings of everyone's minds, seeing into every unseen movement.

Conclusion: A sorcerer, if it really existed, could have the entire world at his feet. But a leader doesn't have the “powers” and "instruments” of a sorcerer. He can have the entire world at his feet using analysis, synthesis, persuasion, positive psychological induction etc, but never must thoughts of revenge lay at the basis of his actions. Just like he must never consider himself a supreme and invincible judge.

The leader must know how to work his people and, especially, he must let himself be guided by truth and reality.

 

Note: Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo, Editura Tineretului, 1957.

 

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