All Warfare Is Based Upon Deception
“Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.” – Sun Tzu
Some would call the title of this post the “most quoted” quote of Sun Tzu’s entire book. However, I dislike the emphasis many place on learning “The Art of War” through disjointed quotations. Chapter I has a significant section on deception, but readers of this isolated quote might never learn the context associated with it. Allow me to explain.
When Sun Tzu elaborates on deception, he begins:
“Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable;
When using our forces, we must seem inactive;
When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away;
When far away, we must make him believe we are near.”
A reader might glance over this and be tempted to remark, “Well, that sounds easy.” It most assuredly is not.
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