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A Neglected Piece of Me

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Not many people know this about me, but one of my favorite books is 'The Art of War' by the ancient Chinese General Sun Tzu.  Every once and a while, I listen to this classic on audio while doing work, and sometimes, it causes me to ponder different things about my life. Tonight, what I take to ponder from The Art of War is a commonly added side note from the philosopher Tu Mu that implies there are five types of men in this world:

The employer, the brave man, the wise man, the stupid man and the covetous man.

These five types of men are very simply defined in that the wise man delights in establishing his merit, the brave man loves to show his courage in action, the covetous man is relatively quick at seizing advantages, the stupid man fears nothing, and the skillful employer knows how to utilize all of these men effectively.

At different points in my life, I believe I have taken on the roles of each of these men.  I have been brave, I have been wise, I have been stupid, an…