Al's Ramblings

Sunday, September 25, 2016

(9/25/2016 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Have a couple books in my series on hold through the online library...

{I admit, I don't understand it at all. That said, you "hold" and "borrow" books just like you do back when we were young and stupid, only these just show up on your phone, as if by magic.} I borrowed the classic combat manual The Art of War, written by Sun Tzu, approximately 2600 years ago, before Christ walked the Earth, or as some would say, before Christ did not walk the Earth, though as a time keeping mechanism, that kind of leaves a lot to be desired, but hence, I digress.

I have decided that almost every cliche in sports, and in poker, are derived directly from this book. The most obvious is poker related, but basically translates to "act weak when you are strong, and act strong when you are weak."

It's become so in vogue to just call after hesitating and acting as if you are going to fold (while planning to raise at a alter time) in poker that it often makes the bettor wary and worried they are in deep trouble.

Another is "when weak, seek to irritate." Basically, when outmanned, use snipers and other means to pluck off a few of the enemy...the numbers are not that important, but it will slow them down and despite winning the big picture, losing soldiers is mentally damaging and causes internal strife.

This is one of those brilliantly written things that show up on posters and Tshirts centuries after being written. The mere fact I'm reading it almost 3 millenniums after it was penned sums up its brilliance. It's not light reading, but I wish I would have read it decades ago, as it helps one to understand how people think, which helps no matter what you do.

9/25/2016 08:30:00 AM

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