January 22nd, 2016

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Today's dollop of wisdom

I Sometimes it will be necessary to make a show of strength and utterly defeat an opponent. When you do, avoid inflicting gratuitous humiliation. Abve all, unless absolutely necessary, never require an individual to make a public delaration surrender. Utterly crushing an opponent will often earn you grudging respect, and a desite to avoid future confrontations. Needless humiliation will earn you an enemy for life, often willing to go out of their way to do you damage.

As often the case, Lois McMaster Bujold summed it up well, in this quote from Aral Vorkosigan: "Always allow a retreating enemy to carry off as much face as possible. Just don't allow them to carry off anything else.