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Indirect tactics efficiently applied are inexhausible as Heaven and Earth unending as the flow o

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“Indirect tactics, efficiently applied, are inexhausible as Heaven and Earth, unending as the flow of rivers and streams; like the sun and moon, they end but to begin anew; like the four seasons, they pass away to return once more.”

“The Art of War by Active 6th Century B.C. Sunzi.” Gutenberg.Org, Accessed 16 July 2021, loc. 70.

If you are able to attack a vulnerability, and thus provoke a “startle response,” you give yourself yet another opportunity to perform an indirect attack, provoking another reactive response, forcing them forever into a defensive posture. This is both a lesson and a warning. Unless you are aware of the reaction cycle, and a way to break it, anyone can fall into this trap.