5.6

Chapter: Energy 5.6
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Translation:

Indirect tactics, efficiently applied, are inexhaustible as Heaven and Earth, unending as the flow of rivers and streams; like the sun and moon, they end but to begin anew; like the four seasons, they pass away to return once more.

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Commentary

There are many indirect alternatives to fighting, such as flanking and attacking from the rear, which may be used separately, sequentially or in any combination.

Indirect methods cause surprise and reaction. Just as the enemy is responding in confusion to an indirect attack, you can apply yet another, to multiply their confusion and ease your victory.