6.23

Chapter: Weak Points and Strong 6.23
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Translation:

Rouse him, and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his vulnerable spots.

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Commentary

With provocation, the enemy will be forced into action, whereby you can study how they operate.

If a provoked force leaps forward ready for action, then this is different to them hunkering down to defend.

A way of provoking a volatile commander is to proffer insults and scorn.

You can also learn much by how they behave when they are not fighting, for example whether they simply relax or engage in structured preparations.