15 June 99

I was just shown this quotation from a friend by Miyamoto Musashi. It describes a lot of police ‘training’ these days. However, he said it eight hundred years ago. Some things, it seems, never change:

“Recently, there have been people professing themselves to be ‘strategists,’ but they are usually just game-players with swords. It is as with the fruit and the flower. The fruit has suddenly become less important than the flower! In this kind of mistaken thinking, both those teaching and those learning are concerned with only with coloring and showing off. Someone once said ‘Immature strategy is the cause of much grief.’ That was a true saying indeed.”