Why does life have to be a big game of manipulation? I mean, think about it: isn't most of our time spent trying to get others to believe and do the things that WE want to see them thinking/doing? Maybe it's just me and the unfortunate excuse for an environment which I was raised in -and I'm REALLY hoping that's the issue here - but it seems that everything from careers and relationships is about trying to convince other to act accordingly to our own preference. Think about what you did at work today. Think about the last time you liked someone and wanted something more with her/him. Did you tell any lies or misconceptions to illicit a certain response from that person? Did you even go so far as to try blackballing other people who you saw as threats (business competitors; others who wanted to date the person you saw as a perspective mate?) Maybe I'm just being self-centered, only taking accounts from my own life where I've been screwed and not known why until a year later when I find out it was because a "friend" or even "friends" spoke incredibly unfairly of me. On the other hand, something tells me that this is a fairly discussed topic amongst philosophers and such. Oh yeah, while I'm on topic: Happy Valentines day.