Article PDF: 9.4.5 Defensive Balance

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Sun Tzu's four rules regarding the use of short-term conditions to tip the balance in a crisis.

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This article explains how fuel for a crisis builds up slowly in our environment until the a spark triggers it into a firestorm. The flames of the crisis, however, are fanned by the short-term trends in the environment. A crisis amplifies the dangers of positioning ourselves against even the slightest trends. Normally, we position ourselves considering the stronger and longer-lasting conditions of the ground: gravity (4.3.1 Tilted Forms) and long-term flow (4.3.2 Fluid Forms) when meeting opposition. During a crisis, however, we must also consider the less powerful and short-term trends of climate: the shifts of emotion and fad.