Vulnerabilities - 漏洞 - Lòudòng
Warriors find adversity everywhere,
and see adversaries in every man-
Searching for the vulnerabilities of enemies,
while training to eliminate their own-
the path of war is defined by struggle.
The sage, however, has no weak point.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
A warrior sees everyone as a potential enemy. The warrior assesses each person on their strengths and weaknesses, and finds a strategic position from which to defend. No confrontation should ever come as a surprise. Protection, competition, honor, and righteousness are closely-held principles of conduct.
A well-trained warrior realizes that the self is the weapon. The warrior must train the mind and body to perfection. The human body has hundreds of points of weakness, where death can enter quickly. The warrior must eliminate as many vulnerabilities as possible. In combat, the wise defend one or two points, while devoting the majority of attention to strategy and offense. The wise warrior realizes that no one can eliminate all weakness, guarding every vulnerable point. Even the champion stumbles eventually from his high perch. Only the sage can eliminate all weaknesses, or so it is said.
The sage has no points from which death may enter. This sage, perfect in Tao, stands above the soldiers who are merely skilled in it. The warrior accepts death, but does not go beyond it. The sage moves past the concepts of protection, competition, honor, and righteousness, unafraid of death. The sage has realized that nothing dies, that existence is merely illusion -
Life is but one dream flowing into another. ~Deng