I think I’ve enumerated these before, but I’ve added a new one:
a) it acts as a prompt to repetition, to try and try again
b) it produces a guaranteed/secure result
c) it promotes longevity
d) it discourages envy
e) it deceives opponents assuming one aims for success
f) together with attention-seeking behavior, it provides cover for crooks
To deceive is to rule. Ergo, just as power has to hurt, rulers have to lie.
Does that mean those who rule themselves have to lie to themselves? Just a question.