Tuesday, March 25, 2008

know your enemy...

the ancient chinese warrior Sun Tzu taught his men to "know your enemy" before going into battle.

for if "you know your enemy and know yourself," he wrote, "you need not fear the result of a hundred battles."

but, Sun Tzu warned, "if you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat."---the art of war

"yes, i know my enemies
they're the teachers who taught me to fight me
the elite
all of which are american dreams
all of which are american dreams
all of which are american dreams
all of which are american dreams
all of which are american dreams
all of which are american dreams
all of which are american dreams
all of which are american dreams"



Black 4 Black said...

You’re always on point!!!

I just gave you a shout on my site. I told folks that visit my site to visit your site because you serve food for the soul!

I appreciate you sistah! Keep doing what you do!

Thank you,

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

u surprise me, what u know about Sun Tzu LOL

aya said...

Hi Ms. Focused,

First day I've had the time to post since last week.

Knowing one's enemy is a quote I live by. Its just a good way to live. To know who is for you. Who is against you. And who just do not give a d*mn (which means they are not to be trusted).

Imagine if more of us had this thought pattern of knowing the purpose of those we allow in our lives. Publicly and personally.

black | woman | unhinged said...

Got that right!

tasha212 said...

That is the first rule of battle, to know who are your friends and who are your enemies. On point, as usual.

focusedpurpose said...


thank you for the shout out. i appreciate your support and courage to stand and address the men. balance. refreshing! your strength is amazing and very attractive:-)


i am a black woman in america. it is in my best interest to keep folks guessing. my mother taught me to hold my cards close to my bosom:-) underestimation is like the invisible suit of clothing. i love it! integration ain't all that bad as long as you don't get caught up. you can sit and study behavior. throw in smiles and it is all good...reading is fundamental:-)

Aya, BWU, Tasha-
welcome back sisters. yes, one must know their enemy. it is essential to victory! it never ceases to amaze me how many choose to overlook this universal truth...

blessings all,

ChelB said...

Focused Purpose,

Hello! This is my first visit to your blog and what a nice surprise I had to see that you posted one of my favorite Rage Against the Machine videos. I've been a fan of theirs for years now. My husband and I both got a little chuckle out of seeing it. Thanks! ;)

focusedpurpose said...

hi Chelb-


i love love love rage against the machine! their passion and commitment to resistance is very admirable. i think i listen to a song of theirs at some point each day.

thanks for stopping in. know that you are always welcome.