The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The 36 Strategies: #3. Borrow a sword to kill another

This one is pretty obvious. It can be interpreted in several ways.

At one level, getting someone else to do the dirty work leaves you above the fray, both physically, and in reputation. If your cat's paw is killed or injured, you can always find another.

At another level, it could be taken to simply mean to keep your hands clean.

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