XXXIII. When the Bad Guys Win

As we continue our exploration of the I Ching's thematic second half, the progression as it now stands goes: dating then marriage then the bad guys win. To some of you, that will sound strange. To some of you (who may have been married before), it actually makes tons of sense. Either way, we totally … Continue reading XXXIII. When the Bad Guys Win

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Sometimes, the Tricks are so Simple That They Aren’t Even Tricks (Gear Up Mondays)

“Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” -Sun Tzu, … Continue reading Sometimes, the Tricks are so Simple That They Aren’t Even Tricks (Gear Up Mondays)

VI. How to Maybe not Lose

Tai Chi, though it doesn’t look like it, is considered a martial art. It is born of the same ancient Chinese philosophy that brings us the I Ching. When learning Tai Chi, students are not taught the martial applications of the intricately choreographed motions they are studying at all. Novices spend a minimum of a … Continue reading VI. How to Maybe not Lose

What Does It Mean to Win? (Gear Up Mondays)

"Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." --Sun Tzu, The Art of War It is often difficult for me to avoid considering strategy to be a choice between two competing philosophies: pacifism and militarism. To fight or not to fight. … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Win? (Gear Up Mondays)

III. It Sucks to Grow, Growing is Great (Days of Change)

The first two hexagrams of the I Ching are each comprised of lines of only one type--six solid lines in the first hexagram, symbolizing yang and heaven and six broken lines in the second hexagram, symbolizing yin and earth. Here, in the third hexagram, we come to the first scenario that involves a combination of … Continue reading III. It Sucks to Grow, Growing is Great (Days of Change)

You are a Liar (Gear-Up Monday)

“All warfare is based on deception.” -Sun Tzu, The Art of War I have always wondered why it’s considered taboo for a journalist or fellow politician to refer to any politician as a “liar.” In 2004, during the democratic primary debates, only Al Sharpton would directly address the issue of whether George W. Bush (George … Continue reading You are a Liar (Gear-Up Monday)

The Cost of War (Gear-Up Monday)

“There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare. It is only one who is thoroughly acquainted with the evils of war that can thoroughly understand the profitable way of carrying it on.” -Sun Tzu, The Art of War So we arrive on our very first “Gear-Up Monday” and we’ll take this … Continue reading The Cost of War (Gear-Up Monday)