4.10

Chapter: Tactical Positions 4.10
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Translation:

To lift an autumn hair is no sign of great strength; to see the sun and moon is no sign of sharp sight; to hear the noise of thunder is no sign of a quick ear.

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Commentary

A hair is light, as is an autumn leaf. Of course it does not need strength. Similarly, perceiving what is visually or aurally obvious does not indicate acumen.

To perceive what is not obvious and understand its significance takes a finer skill.

Few have natural talent in fine perception. Few also take time to hone their perceptual abilities. This is what makes those who do appear excellent.