6.31

Chapter: Weak Points and Strong 6.31
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Translation:

Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing.

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Commentary

Water flows around things rather than trying to move them. In doing so it sustains its momentum and reaches its destination.

In the end, success lies in the hands of the individual soldier, who must respond to the situation in front of him, right now. At the same time, commanders must direct the flow of troops to best advantage.