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Tao Te Wolves, Ch. 68: Rising Levels & Ch. 69: Rope-a-Dope

Here's to the Timberwolves embracing the challenges ahead of them.

(Translations by Stephen Mitchell)

Tao Te Ching Chapter 68:

The best athlete
wants his opponent at his best.

The best general
enters the mind of his enemy.

The best businessman
serves the communal good.

The best leader
follows the will of the people.

All of them embody
the virtue of non-competition.

Not that they don't love to compete -
but they do it in the spirit of play.

In this they are like children,
and in harmony with the Tao.

Tao Te Ching Chapter 69:

The generals have a saying:

"Rather than make the first move
it is better to wait and see.

Rather than advance an inch
it is better to retreat a yard."

This is called
going forward without advancing,
pushing back without using weapons.

There is no greater misfortune
than underestimating your enemy.

Underestimating your enemy
means thinking that he is evil.

Thus you destroy your three treasures
and become an enemy yourself.

When two great forces oppose each other,
the victory will go to the one that knows how to yield.

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