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Words Worth Repeating

2015-12-14

 

Time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted.

  1. Do not think dishonestly.
  2. The Way is in training.
  3. Become acquainted with every art.
  4. Know the ways of all professions.
  5. Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters.
  6. Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything.
  7. See those things which cannot be seen.
  8. Pay attention even to trifles.
  9. Do nothing which is of no use.

Do not think dishonestly.”  You must make an honest appraisal of yourself, your attacks and your defenses, your strengths and your defects, of the environment, its wide avenues and narrow defiles, and of your opponent, his attacks, his strengths, and his vulnerability.”The Way is in training.”  Constant training is the way to perfection.  The Chinese character for “the way” means a discipline, a road, or a point of view”Become acquainted with every art.”  This rule and the next one are meant to encourage what athletes often call “cross-training” here meaning a very broad form of eclectic training.  The “art” referred to here is not just painting or sculpture.

  1. “Know the ways of all professions.”  This would include law, medicine, retail sales, sword sharpening, and so on.
  2. “Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters.”  This I take to mean that one should not accumulate worldly goods, but the text is ambiguous.
  3. “Develop intuitive judgement and understanding for everything.”  This is, I think, what it says.
  4. “See those things which cannot be seen.”  This does not mean to see things which are invisible but to see things which are difficult to see.
  5. “Pay attention even to trifles.”  This means just what it says.
  6. “Do nothing which is of no use.”  This one is a little harder to figure out but appears to mean to avoid wasted motions and ineffective activities.
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