"Nature, red in tooth and claw" - Tennyson.
Click here for an interesting set of photos on how an golden eagle attacks and kills a sika deer.
"The eagle excels in its craft by awaiting events in the situation without making any movement. When he sees that he can be victorious, he will arise; if he sees that he cannot be victorious, he will desist. Thus it is said that he does not have any fear, he does not vacillate. Indecisiveness and doubt do not play a role in any of his actions.
Sunzi's Approach to Pursuing an
Opportunity and Timing an Attack
"... If the army's attack is like a whetstone thrown against an egg, it is due to the vacous and substantial ... The strategic configuration of power is visible in the onrush of pent-up water tumbling stones along. The effect of constraints is visible in the onrush of a bird of prey breaking the bones of its target. Thus the strategic configuration of power of those focused, their constraints are precise. Their strategic configuration of power is like a fully drawn crossbow, their constraints like the release of the trigger.
Intermixed and turbulent, the fighting appears chaotic, but they cannot be made disordered. In turmoil and confusion, their deployment is circular, and they cannot be defeated. ..."
- Art Of War 5
- the strategic disposition of the competitive terrain;
- the strategic disposition of each competitor within the competitive terrain;
- the opportunity and the timing point of the competitive terrain;
- the opportunity and the timing point of the competitors; and
- the reality of the situation.
To properly utilize the concept of strategic power, the successful strategist always assesses the configuration of a situation by understanding the connectivity of the relevant components that operates within it.
Then the successful strategist positions himself and his team toward a strategic disposition that offers them a path of minimum cost and maximum efficiency.
Then the influencing of the target begins by the implementation of his planned and prepared actions.
We will touch more on this unique topic in a future post.