(There is a long range benefit from learning from this "exclusive" manual. We could tell you. But it is better if you read it.)
Chapter One: King Wen's Teacher
He talked about the importance of being a 'True men of worth' and that it is the type of person that any wise ruler should be. By speaking in this manner , the Tai Gong immediately suggested that he could be his close adviser. The king immediately understood the value of Jiang Tai Gong's words (and being advised by his scribe), accepted this relationship.
- A true man of worth is usually ambitious. Using the fisherman analogy, he pursues whales and sharks. While the common man have ordinary and common goals. As a fisherman, he catches only guppies and minnows.
- True men are drawn together by common interest in significant affairs.
- To lure a big fish, one needs a big but attractive bait and a strong fishing line. This may require significant commitment from the ambitious leader. Simple, glittering rewards only attract the small fry.
- A worthy (or sage) ruler utilizes many approaches that play to the emotions of his counter parts. He shows humanity, virtue and righteousness by sharing, sparing, relieving and eliminating hardship. This is the manner to create followers.
Other future posts on Jiang Tai Gong will include brief notes on the gist of each relevant chapter of this classic.
For more details on both this chapter and the full translation of Six Secret Teachings, read Dr. Ralph D. Sawyer's Seven Military Classics of Ancient China (1993).
# In the age of instant information and immediate gratification, some people do not know what is tangible anymore. The truth that originated from the classics, has never changed.