Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

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, January 02, 2007

The 36 Strategies: #20 Stir up the waters to catch fish

Next the to the Art of War by Sun Tzu, the 36 Strategies is the most widely known book on strategy in China. We are taking them in order. Here is #20.

20. Stir up the waters to catch fish.

You use confusion to your advantage, to take what you want. It may specifically mean taking advantage of a general or particular loss of direction in order to gather followers from among the uncommitted or disenfranchised.

During the Cold War, both the US and SOviets would probe each other's defenses, and listen to the radio traffic that ensued, to determine how their opposite would respond to a real attack.

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