Can I just say, “Chapter LXIX, dudes!” (Like Keanu Reeves in that classic, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure!)
But seriously, I am totally guilty of this! When I become to despise someone, I really do see things in black and white. That they are evil, and I am good. But most people really are shades on gray. I’m probably not even close to being the only one that does this though.
The generals have a saying:
“Rather than make the first move
it is better to wait and see.
Rather than advance an inch
it is better to retreat a yard.”
This is called
going forward without advancing,
pushing back without using weapons.
There is no greater misfortune
than underestimating your enemy.
Underestimating your enemy
means thinking that he is evil.
Thus you destroy your three treasures
and become an enemy yourself.
When two great forces oppose each other,
the victory will go
to the one that knows how to yield.