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20 SEC READ Moving the shadow

Author: Paulo Coelho

Myiamoto Musashi, the famous samurai who wrote the book The Book of Five Rings, comments that all the people in the world are always ready to defend themselves because they live in the fear and paranoia that others do not like them.

In this way, our adversary too – however brilliant he may be – is insecure and reacts with excessive violence when provoked.

On doing so, he shows all the arms he has, and we come to know where he is strong and what his weak points are.

Musashi calls this technique “moving the shadow”.

In truth, the Warrior of Light does not enter the fight, but provokes a little, and then the shadow of his provocation confuses the adversary.

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