Let us pretend for a moment. Let us pretend we are enemies.
If I was your enemy, what would you do? Would you openly attack? Attempt to publicly shame me? Would you go out of your way to do me harm?
And as for me, if I was your enemy, what would I do? Well, after careful consideration, I would employ the tactics of the devil. I would smile and let you believe that I am your friend. I would try to direct you in the direction I would want you to go using subtle persuasion and humility. Shoot! I might even try to tell you the devil’s greatest lie: That I don’t exist. It is hard to fight an enemy if you don’t know he is even there.
Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.Sun Tzu
If I were your enemy, my goal would be to break you without ever fighting. But thank the Light, we are not enemies.
Manipulation by those in power
Et cetera, et cetera
Oftentimes, we don’t know we have enemies. We don’t know we are in a battle. We are not even aware of our adversaries’ existence. Yet, they are there. They are trying to direct us where they want us to go. They are trying to break our resistance without fighting.
What can we do?
We must seek out what is really there, not what is easily seen on the surface, not what our enemies want us to see.
How can we do this?
We must become our own fact-checkers. We must listen to our hearts. And when our hearts tell us something is amiss, we must do the research and solve the riddles dressed in plain sight.