Conceal Your Intentions
“Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions. If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense. Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.”
Personal reflection: Subterfuge is key in this lesson. It was ironic that I did the reading on this law earlier this week because we can see a prime example of this in the current American political theater. We have one side that is playing hard into the narrative that President Trump has deep connections with the Russian leadership. On the other hand, we have the other side playing hard into the narrative that former President Obama, presumably his staff more-so than him, used surveillance and monitored Trump and/or his staff in order to find anything that could swing the election, presumably. One of these stories is a fantastic red herring and a smokescreen in hopes that the real story of these two does not have major ramifications. At this point, I do not know which is real and which is the smokescreen since both are missing a key piece of the puzzle to verify/deny but eventually, soon most likely, we will know which has the greater proportion of truth. It seems like one makes more sense based on my mental filter of “the more that it takes to explain a theory, the more likely it is not totally true.” I am interested to find out. This is a real world example of using a smokescreen and red herring to sway things one way or another. Just as a note, I probably won’t type personal reflections for every one of these laws. I also do not want to delve into the examples the book uses because I think it is a fantastic book and Mr. Greene deserves the honor of explaining his laws instead of a random 20 something year old interpreting it his own way solely.