Monday, April 30, 2012


"The North Vietnamese called this strategy the 'Blooming Lotus.'  It has deep roots in Asian military thinking, and its applications go far beyond war.  Instead of focusing on an enemy's formidable front, on capturing key points in the periphery of its defenses, and finding a way through them (the traditional Western approach), the Lotus Strategy aims first and foremost at the center...The soft and vulnerable parts within. The goal is to funnel soldiers and confederates into this central area by whatever means possible and to attack it first in order to spread confusion.  Rather than trying to penetrate defenses, it infiltrates them.  This includes the minds of the enemy soldiers and officers -- strategizing to get under their skin, to unbalance their reasoning powers, to soften them from within.  As with the lotus flower, everything unfolds from the center of the target."
-Robert Greene, The 33 Strategies of War

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