The Interview With Sun Tzu

So i was reading the Art of War where I came across this great general called Sun Tzu Wu, who was a native of the Ch’i state.
I decided we should meet over a cup of coffee and discuss how to handle the so called “tweefs” and also life at large.

Me: Mr. Sun Tzu, since we don’t have that much time, let’s go straight to the point.
How do you advise one to handle these “tweefs”?
S.T: First you have to understand your opponent.
If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant.
Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.

Me: So if your opponent has a big army with spies spewing allover, how do you overcome that?
S.T: There are 3 ways in which a ruler can bring misfortune upon his army;
1. By commanding the army to advance or retreat, being ignorant of the fact that it cannot obey. This is called hobbling the army.
2. By attempting to govern an army in the same way as he administers a kingdom, being ignorant of the conditions which obtain in an army. This causes restlessness in the soldier’s minds.
3. By employing the officers of his army without discrimination, through ignorance of the military principle of adaptation to circumstances. This shakes the confidence of the soldiers.

Me: I noticed you had more to say about the issue of spies
S.T: *smiles Yeah, i actually did.
In making tactical dispositions, the highest pitch you can attain is to conceal them; conceal your dispositions and you will be safe from the prying of the subtlest spies, from the machinations of the wisest brains.

Me: In summary, what is expected of a clever general?
S.T: A clever general avoids an army when it’s spirit is keen, but attacks it when it is sluggish and inclined to return.
This is the art of studying moods.

Me: Any final words?
S.T: Exhibit the coyness of a maiden, until the enemy gives you an opening; afterwards emulate the rapidity of a running hare, and it will be too late for the enemy to oppose you

Me: It was a pleasure interacting with you Sir. I surely learnt a thing or two
S.T: That’s good, in case of anything, please call me. *hands me business card*

We then shake hands and i escort him to his grave


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Civil Engineer in the making, moved like a kite in the wind
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