“When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise”
All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.
Even if this seems only relevant to literal conflicts between countries, how about the struggles living in a capitalist places where the 1% elite are all they care for? How about living in patriarchal societies where they fault everyone except “hypermasculine” males?
How do you think North Korea has the worst human rights in any society, yet nobody seems to glance an eye? Is it because Kim Jong Un is really a cardboard cut out of a villain that overreacts and uses hyperboles in his tactics he claims he does, or is he just giving such a facade that he is indeed a cardboard cutout cartoony villain because he knows the rest of the world will think he is stupid, and his tactic was that all along so he can rule his Orwellian society?