1.20

Chapter: Laying of Plans 1.20
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Translation:

Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.

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Commentary

These are but two examples, and yet each deserves attention.

When an opponent is greedy for conquest they will grab unthinking at what seems like an easy gain, especially if it seems that the opportunity is brief.

When it seems that you are disorganized or otherwise vulnerable, even for a moment, they may seek to take quick advantage of your temporary disarray.

In such ways traps can be laid for the unsuspecting enemy who gifts you a win.

Yet always beware the double-bluff where then enemy sees your deceptions and counters your trick with a better one, leading your arrogant response into a deeper trap.