The 36-Strategies have the following interesting points (Please refer to the mind map attached):
- The Name of the Strategy is just 3-4 Chinese Words that gives a vivid picture of what to do for that strategy.
- There is a commentary on what the strategy means. The 2nd part of the commentary is a quote from a hexagram in i-Ching. This shows that the authorship comes after i-Ching and it is an extension of i-Ching teaching.
- From Form to Concept. The picture while vivid, may actually trapped our thinking. Hence, we need to abstract the form to the original concept of the strategy. The picture is just one form, an implementation of the concept. There could be other forms that we should adapt to our present situation.
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