26. Of old, the rise of the Yin dynasty was due to I Chih who had served
under the Hsia. Likewise, the rise of the Chou dynasty was due to Lu Ya who had
served under the Yin.
||There you go. Let's
end with a bit of history.
What it does say is that wisdom is
rare, and if it is passed on, then whole dynasties will survive.
When wisdom is lost, then dynasties fall and it may take many
years and much hardship for the wisdom to be re-gained.
It is a
part of the foolishness of youth that the wisdom of their elders is
|27. Hence it is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use
the highest intelligence of the army for purposes of spying and thereby they
achieve great results. Spies are a most important element in water, because on
them depends an army's ability to move.
||There is always a
question as to what you do with your best people. Do you put them on
the front line where they will have the greatest immediate effect?
Or do you you them subtly and with care?
Or even in training others to be more effective?
As spying is the most powerful of tools, then it makes sense that
you put the best people you have into this.