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 ~


Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The 36 Strategies: #5 Plunge into a fire to pull off a robbery


The 36 Strategies is a famous collection of strategies known throughout Asia. It's almost as famous as the Art of War by Sun Tzu. Almost any literate person is familiar with them, as these turn up again and again in folklore and literature. It's important to be famailiar with the 36 strategies, not so much to try and take advantage of others, but to recognise when someone is applying them to you!

The point of number 5, plunge into a fire to pull off a robbery means to use others' misfortunes to gain something for yourself.

As aid money starts flowing into the deep south, in response to Hurricane Katrina, con men and frauds will be crawling out of the woodwork.

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