5.17

Chapter: Energy 5.17
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Translation:

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline, simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.

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Commentary

When your enemy thinks you have lost control, they will make mistakes. It takes discipline to dance perfectly through chaos.

Fear leads to disorder. There is risk in showing fear as it may spur the enemy on. It takes courage to overcome fears and courage to display them. It takes courage to put yourself ad a disadvantage. Yet by deceiving the enemy thus, you can lead them into mistakes.

Likewise it takes strength of character to appear weak, just as it takes an expert piano player to play reliably out of tune.

Simulating disorder requires the fine skill of the actor, who is a master deceiver.