|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Art of War by Sun Tzu:
thus enticing the enemy in his turn; then, when part of his army
has come out, we may deliver our attack with advantage.
8. With regard to NARROW PASSES, if you can occupy them
first, let them be strongly garrisoned and await the advent of
[Because then, as Tu Yu observes, "the initiative will lie
with us, and by making sudden and unexpected attacks we shall
have the enemy at our mercy."]
9. Should the army forestall you in occupying a pass, do
not go after him if the pass is fully garrisoned, but only if it
is weakly garrisoned.
The Art of War
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
Then evil was the end of those who did evil, in that they said the
signs of God were lies and mocked thereat.
God produces a creation, then He makes it go back again, then unto
Him shall ye return.
And on the day when the Hour shall rise, the sinners shall be
confused; and they shall not have amongst their partners intercessors;
and their partners shall they deny.
And on the day when the Hour shall rise, on that day shall they be
scattered apart; and as for those who believe and do right, they in
the garden shall be joyful; and as for those who misbelieved and
said our signs and the meeting of the hereafter were lies, they