Sometimes There Are Enemies Greater Than One’s Self
Often we hear the saying that you are your own worst enemy, or that there is no greater enemy than ourselves. This idea is based upon an old Chinese wisdom and can be true in some cases, whereby people’s own doubt, lack of understanding of themselves, and unwillingness to engage in introspection makes them vulnerable to their own self-sabotage. Truly, if one does not know one’s self, then they are in effect their own worst enemy when engaging in the battlefield of life.
Sun Tzu stated: “It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.”
So we can see that knowledge of one’s self and one’s enemy is crucial to waging battle and winning. However, what we see in the propaganda field, concerning this statement, is the desire by those who are manipulating the public’s consciousness to mire people down and prevent them from understanding their enemy, the people responsible for these manipulations, to use an old piece of wisdom as a weapon to achieve the exact opposite of what the original wisdom intended.
This is not put out there and used against the population because those who are using it would actually like people whom they are attacking to understand themselves and apply that deeper knowledge to fighting back in meaningful ways.
No, it is being used as a tool, camouflage, and a fog for the warfare that is being fought. Those who are coming under attack by their enemy, and happen to be looking around and developing an understanding of that enemy, are being told by them that they are responsible for their own plight, that they are their own worst enemy. Thus, we can see that it is really now employed as a psychological tactic by which to blame the victim of an attack, further demoralize them, and a source of confusion as to the origination of the attack. Those who use it would like for the people whom they attack to spin their wheels trying to understand how they failed, instead of understanding their enemies and finding ways to succeed.
Clearly, the manipulators don’t really want the person to develop an understanding of one’s self. This is simply used to confuse the person as to the source of the problem, while actually undermining a person’s understanding of self, for if an attack originates elsewhere, but the victim is told that the effect of that attack is themselves, this will surely challenge the faith that the person had in him or herself, leaving them with a decrease lack of understanding of self. It will send them reeling looking inward, instead of outward toward their enemies. Thus, a critical element to success will not be achieved, which is an understanding of the enemy.
Therefore, what we are seeing with its repeated use is an attempt to both confuse a person with respect to their knowledge of self as well as to prevent them from developing an understanding of the enemy, which Sun Tzu stated is a recipe for disaster. Sun Tzu clearly understood that perpetual self-doubt as well as ignorance of the enemy would imperil those who suffered from this problem. The master manipulators and tyrants understand this concept as well and are using it to their own advantage, because they understand the nature of their own evil and the desire of those that they attack to be the best people that they can possibly be. Blaming their victims for the effects of their attacks on humanity is very logical from their perspective.
The thing for a person to do is to understand the nature of this war, come to grips with the fact that they are under attack by the enemies of humanity, develop the best understanding of that enemy possible, continually seek to improve upon themselves and those around them, and not allow for those who would use these psychological ploys to damage their chances for success and get away with such sneaky and underhanded tactics, nor the perversion of such wisdom.
Sometimes there are enemies greater than one’s self, and that enemy wants you to believe that you are your own worst enemy.
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