In making a stand against an opposing force that, on the surface, appears more powerful and better equipped than ourselves, we need to be intelligent in the use of our armoury.
For instance, when engaging with an opposing force we should only utilise of ourselves that which is needed to achieve our immediate aims and to make progress in that moment. We should keep as much of our hand concealed for as long as possible, to the degree whereby it would be ideal that much of our capacity remains unknown to others, even to our grave.
It is the folly of arrogance to say ‘here, look at me, look at what I can do’ because, in doing so, you expose both your weakness (your attitude) and your strengths (your armoury) and thus allow your opponent to study you and defeat you.
In times of great struggle, when your opponent seems mighty, it is better to act so as to undermine your credibility and your threat. To give nothing away, to be seen and regarded as a non-threat, to be overlooked – even dismissed – is the ideal position to hold.
I do not want you to know what I can do, and you will not know until it is needed for me to show you.
We should maintain the upmost humility within to remain unseen without. At each stage, if our hand has been revealed, our capacity seen, and victory attained, then we should feign surprise and act as if nothing but good fortune could account for such achievements. This will keep our opponents weak in a false and deceptive superior mindset.
This is the art and mastery of the great small.