The top is quite tasty, but will it make me grow taller?
The Spots bought a book at the local bookstore. It was of reasonable price because it was a "remainder". What we used to called in the record business an "over pressing", which means it didn't sell so well at the original list price. This book has a catchy title, so it was purchased. It is comprised of Chinese sayings mostly from that 6th century BC classic, The Art of War.
Could we learn something from this book, or could it learn something from us?
The first part of the book goes through the sayings and elaborates on them. For example the favorite saying "A clever rabbit has three hiding places" is further explained thusly, "The world is full of hunters and each hunter brings danger. The hunted have their hiding places, but the hunter knows them too. That is why it is necessary to fool the hunter and offer him an empty hiding place while you have secretly prepared another place of safety."
I think I can hide use it to hide behind (not quite, Sydney)
The second part of the book offers an A-Z of everyday situations and relevant stratagems. Success is just a quote away. Under C we find Conscience and one of the situations reads "I have a bad conscience and want to feel better." Here the advice is to "scold the goat because the milk is sour" or in other words if you have made a mistake and want to avoid punishment shift the blame to someone else.
This is an excellent hiding place, I sure can't see you......
Hmm, but then wouldn't you just find bad because you'd caused a possibly innocent person to be unfairly blamed ? Well, the book doesn't quite all fit together, but it is a good introduction to some classic Chinese sayings such as: A good horse runs by itself: Learn from the teacher and the tinker: Let the meal cook slowly: (and finally) Make everyone happy.