Summary of The 33 Strategies of War - A Comprehensive Summary
PART I. SELF-DIRECTED WARFARE
War, like any kind of conflict, is waged and won through strategy, which originates from your mind. A mind that is weak—that gets easily distracted and overwhelmed by emotion, is rooted in the past instead of the present, and cannot see the world for what it is—will only create strategies that always miss the mark.
1. DECLARE WAR ON YOUR ENEMIES
There are always people out there who are more ruthless, devious, and aggressive than you are. These types might seem charming and cooperative, but their greed has no limits, and they’re simply trying to disarm you. With such people, there is no middle ground, no hope of conciliation. Know these dangerous enemies by their past: look for quick power grabs, sudden rises in fortune, or previous acts of treachery. Once you suspect you are dealing with such an enemy, do not lay down your arms. You are the last line of your own defense.
Always keep the search for enemies under control—you want clarity, not paranoia. It is the downfall of many tyrants to see an enemy in everyone. They become hopelessly embroiled in the emotions fueled by their paranoia and lose their grip on reality. By keeping an eye on possible enemies, you are simply being...
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