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James Sogi

Philosopher, Juris Doctor, surfer, trader, investor, musician, black belt, sailor,
semi-centenarian. He lives on the mountain in Kona, Hawaii, with his family.


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Thoughts from The Tao of Spycraft, by James Sogi

The Chinese have studied and engaged in the art of warfare, strategy and intelligence for  thousands of years. T'ai Kung wrote Six Secret Teachings, a massive work for deceptively manipulating the enemy in which he discusses counter intelligence tactics" These have applications to trading and to modern politics.

The last one reminds me of the recent contingency table study in which the most buying activity appeared to be in the lower ends of December's range, the opposite end of the flank to be captured and a good place to have done some buying. "If you attack the enemy just after they have formulated their strategy it will ruin their plans and force them to submit. The highest realization of warfare is to attack plans." Sun Tzu.

"One whose thoughts and visible expression are identical will be defeated, one whose thoughts and visible expression differ will be victorious. Warfare is the Tao of deception. When capable, display incapability. When about to employ the army, feign that you are not. Obscure the real, cast suspicion upon the doubtful. Be profound like the Mysterious Origin free of all images, be an abyss like the unfathomable depths of the sea. When you attain this, yin and yang can no longer be employed to calculate your intentions, ghosts and spirit will be unable to know them, techniques and measures will be unable to impoverish them." Sun Tzu, Initial Estimations. (Similar to LACK's 10 Big Lies.)

Some techniques advised to destroy a state from Wu Yueh Chun-chiu:

Of beauty and s#x, the Chinese have their wisdom. Yen-tzu says, "Desire can reverse normality and change nature." Confucius said, "When the average man's emotions follow his desires, he is defeated." The Tao Te Ching states, "The five colors cause the human eyes to be blind. The five notes cause the human ears to be deaf. the five tastes cause human mouths to be numb." "Heaven gave birth to men and causes them to have greed and desire." "Disorder stems from external stimuli that drive men to perverse acts in seeking their unbridled fulfillment," said Liu Hsiang. Traders, keep your minds on business! See Ed Spec, Ch. 11.

Lu-shih Chun-chiu defines wisdom as: "the means by which one compares the past, what is far off, and sees what is nearby. If one thoroughly knows the present he can know the past, if he knows the past he can know later ages. Antiquity and the present, earlier and later, are one. Thus the sage knows a thousand years ahead, a thousand years back. The ancients had a saying: 'If you do not know what is coming, look at what has passed.'"

Jim Sogi, May 2005

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