Zen Zone #11

Paraphrased from Zhuge Liang in Mastery of the Art of War:

“Thus the intelligent think because of this; the mettlesome fight because of this: Where you see the enemy to be empty, proceed; where you see the enemy to be full, stop. Do not look down on others because of your own elevated rank. Do not oppose the common consensus with personal opinions. Do not turn from the loyal and trustworthy through the artifices of the skilled but treacherous. Do not sit down before the soldiers sit; do not eat before the soldiers eat. Bear the same cold and heat the soldiers do; share their toil as well as their ease. Experience sweetness and bitterness just as the soldiers do; take the same risks that they do. Then the soldiers will exert themselves to the utmost, and it will be possible to destroy enemies.

Advance and retreat are a matter of timing- military affairs are not directed by the ruler but by the general.  Therefore, in war, there is no heaven above, no earth below, no adversary ahead and no ruler behind.  If generals can be like this, people will be willing to fight when they give the orders, and the enemy will be defeated before any blood is shed.  Look upon your soldiers as beloved children, and they will willingly die with you.”

  • http://allhazardscontemplations.blogspot.com/ Ben Waller

    Profound thoughts, oh Zen-master.

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Deputy Fire Chief - Operations Division for Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire Rescue and an Emergency Response Coordinator with the United States Department of Health and Human Services  National Disaster Medical System Incident Response Coordination Team.

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Ruth, Thanks for the comment, although like Tom said, you missed my point. What I was saying is that I am honored and impressed that someone who not so long ago would not have been given a chance - for reasons of race and gender- was given those accolades. She is someone I would have…
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Tom Bouthillet
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There are plenty of white males who don't deserve to be firefighters. The most qualified individual should get the job regardless of race or gender. That doesn't always happen for a variety of reasons that don't need to be hashed out here. But way to miss Chief Mayers' point entirely.
2014-12-11 12:08:00
Ruth Phillips
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I've heard of all of these "substandard candidates brought in to fill a role" taking the jobs from those who truly "desire the job and are willing to embrace the lifestyle of a firefighter." Do you mean people of color and women taking the jobs from the more deserving, uh, white male? I'm baffled as…
2014-12-11 04:21:00
drydiggins
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My best friend once described flying in 'hard' IFR like being inside a giant ping-pong ball... everywhere you look, featureless white. I've appropriated that to describe people who seem to go through life in their own personal ping-pong balls. Apropos of the bumper sticker "I can't see you so don't pretend to be there."
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Mick Mayers
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George, Thanks for reading! Yes, I'll actually do that this week. And I actually downloaded that same meme myself a few days ago- I like it.
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