"Osama bin Laden is far less reprehensible...than Trump." -Sam Harris
People have intentionally, and unintentionally, misrepresented what this quote means.
Harris was making the point that Bin Laden was an ideologue who delusionally believed he was making the world a better place, while Trump is motivated purely by *selfish desire for power*; nothing more...
Trump never believed he was making the world a better place; it's purely selfish personal interest.
Donald Trump displayed every warning sign of being a narcissistic man who is ludicrously egotistical, and who has poor impulse control; precisely the sort of human who cannot be trusted to make good decisions about complicated problems that come with high stress levels.
The fact that many otherwise intelligent people looked at Trump and said
"This is the sort of man we can trust to make good decisions, about incredibly complicated problems, that come with very high stress levels"
There are many intelligent investment bankers in America who supported Donald Trump.
This was shocking.
If I walked into a job interview, to get hired as an associate to serve under these investment bankers, and I appeared to be half as impulsive as Trump...they would reject me
Machiavellians are individuals capable of doing what Psychologists wish they could do; read people's personalities accurately, read social situations accurately, read body language and vocal tonality accurately, regulate thei rown body language and vocal tonality, charm people...
Conflict always comes with COST (it will cost your time/energy, your most precious resource).
Conflict always comes with RISK (it can cause people to dislike you making it more difficult to get their cooperation in the future, it can cause damage to your reputation, it can motivate others to harm you, in the extreme it can motivate others to kill you).