Divine TaoThere are 37 Tao Poems and 44 Te Poems
New Thought Te 69 - explores the nature of strategy and problems of war
Tao # 69 / Power
It takes less soldiers to defend a fort
than warriors to attack that position
the common ratio for such a task
in favor of the attackers is 5 to 1
In many cases it is good to fight
a war of attrition
releasing the footholds
letting go of the inches
the larger unit has numerical superiority
whereas the smaller unit has higher mobility
it is better to move without marching
to be one with the people
fading away after the action
the greatest calamity
is to underestimate one's adversary
this can result in losing
your three greatest assets
compassion, economy, humility
because though two join in battle
there is only one victory
perhaps it is best to run away
and live to fight another day
- Why does it take more soldiers to attack a fort than defend it?
- What is a war of attrition?
- Why is a smaller unit more mobile?
- What is a calamity?
- Why is it dangerous to underestimate an adversary?
- Why is it important to run away?