A Dialogue of Deception

“All warfare is based on deception” – Sun Tzu

But with whom are you at war?

Those who have deceived me.

But if you’re deceived by them how can you defeat them?

I was deceived, but through truth, I have become the deceiver while they still believe themselves to be.

Well, who are these that you speak of who have previously deceived you?

You would know – if you were not one of the deceived.

How would I be so sure I wasn’t just paranoid?

Because once you have peered behind the screen of the magician, you realize there was never magic at all, but instead simply the appearance of it orchestrated by a feeble puppet master. . . once the trick is exposed, one can never go back into the submissive role of being the deceived, but instead becomes the deceiver.

But, if he becomes the deceiver, isn’t he just as bad as the original deceiver?

He could be – if he chooses self – but if he chooses others and views them as himself, then he will not fail.

“If you know your enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu