5.18

Chapter: Energy 5.18
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Translation:

Hiding order beneath the cloak of disorder is simply a question of subdivision; concealing courage under a show of timidity presupposes a fund of latent energy; masking strength with weakness is to be effected by tactical dispositions.

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Commentary

When acting in a uniform way, you display control. To show disorder, each person must be acting differently.

Adding timidity is another action on top of the complexity of battle.

Showing apparent weakness requires careful positioning that appears weak whilst hiding strength.

Hiding can have a wider range of meaning and may also include keeping your main troops hidden whilst displaying a truly weaker, more timid force.