Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor

Too much circulation makes the price go down: The more you are seen and heard from, the more common you appear. If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired. You must learn when to leave. Create value through scarcity.

Crush your Enemy Totally

All great leaders since Moses have known that a feared enemy must be crushed completely. (Sometimes they have learned this the hard way.) If one ember is left alight, no matter how dimly it smolders, a fire will eventually break out. More is lost through stopping halfway than through total annihilation: The enemy will recover, and will seek revenge. Crush him, not only in body but in spirit.

Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky

You can die from someone else’s misery – emotional states are as infectious as disease. You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster. The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.

The Day After Yesterday

We wish we know what is in store
Though that would be a bore
A journey, not a destination
We race for the rise of nations
In face of many onslaughts
How we stood and fought
My peers i left them by
For they want to fly
Rooted to the ground i am
Play it again, Sam
Simple truths always show
What we already know
If this is how it should be
Then go ahead, set me free
For lest i be accused of jest
I wash my hands off this mess
Age plus four we shall see
What fogs we have been
For everything has a price to pay
That’s all i have to say