Saturday, September 29, 2012

Thought Experiments


You and another person are in a courtyard. At the far end is a prize. What this prize is, is up to your imagination, but it's important enough to fight over.
The first one to reach the prize, wins. The other pays a forfeit.

Imagine that you are faster than your opponent - Your ability gives you the edge, as long as you can get to the prize before they can reach you.
If you are bigger and stronger, perhaps you would choose to run at the opponent first, take them out of the game, and then go for the prize.
If you are equal, or lesser, to your opponent in all these ways, what would you do?
Distract them? Psyche them out? What?

Now imagine that both of you are armed with swords ...........

What if the prize is your life?

The prize is the goal, not the defeat of the opponent.

The opponent is an obstruction that must be overcome, but need not necessarily be engaged if you are much superior, either in speed or guile. If so, they are inconsequential.
If however they are superior to you, in any, or all of the ways they can be, and you are the inconsequential one ….. then what?


Same scenario

- If you are much faster you may not need to engage at all. If they are faster, you will need to stop them. How?

- If you are bigger and more powerful, it probably does not matter if they can catch you, but if they are more powerful than you, how do you engage?

- If you are faster, but they are more powerful, you should avoid them, or choose how/when to engage. How?

- If all things are more or less equal, how do you gain an advantage without taking damage ....?

Everything is relative, and your tactics must match with the opponent's strengths and weaknesses for you to be able to prevail.
It's not all about you .... it's about the "you-and-them-situation".

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