Here we go. Week 3 of going through The Hundred Rules of War by Tsukahara Bokuden.
This week seemed pretty straightforward when I began reading:
"You should think of greed and lust as the enemy." pg. 19.
The more I read and think about it, the more I think about it and read it. After a couple of days, it jumped out to me: greed and lust are listed as a single enemy. They work together to the downfall of the warrior. Now, considering when this was written, we can assume that is was exclusively targeting men. Some enemies never change.
Regardless of the enemy or the victim, I think there are a couple of takeaways here for each of us:
1.) We all have "enemies".
2.) When we boil it down, we don't have as many enemies as we tend to complain about.
3.) All of those enemies are working together to end us. I mean really...do you think greed and anger aren't related? How about pride and lying?
Typically, we have 2-3 big "enemies" or struggles to battle.
Step 1: Identify them.
Step 2: Eliminate them.
Embrace the battle.