Being Formless

Assess this –

‘If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.’

Its the onset of ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ (1951). These lines characterize the intriguing novel that unfolds. They are straight, challenging and clear in purpose. They tell there is nothing saucy… They give a glimpse of what to expect… Superior yet intriguing, wanting yet incomplete, straight yet compelling.

Analyse this –

“Be extremely subtle even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.”

These are the lines on formlessness from ‘The Art of War’ by Sun Tsu. With these lines, the great General advises to take no form and surprise your opponent. If the opponent doesn’t know your form, it doesn’t know where your vulnerabilities lie. Don’t expose your weakness. Don’t expose your strength. Don’t expose your form. They tell there is nothing saucy… They give a glimpse of what to expect… Superior yet intriguing, wanting yet incomplete, straight yet compelling.

Identify this formlessness in this year. For formlessness is the attainment of mystery. The mystery that shrouds others. Obscurity that mystifies.

Mystification leads to the manifestation of advantage. So be formless.

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