April 6, 2012

Underestimating


There is no greater disaster than to underestimate the enemy. The enemy in our case is the world that operates outside of the teachings of the Dao. Underestimating the enemy can be a grave and sometimes fatal mistake. It is the alcoholic who believes he can stop at one drink. It is the motorcyclist who senses himself to be invincible and thus rides unwisely. It is the one who thinks it ‘cannot happen to him’. A mere touch with the enemy can be catastrophic. Instead, remember that disagreements can be won by waiting, rather than making an aggressive move, by withdrawing rather than advancing.

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