June 24 2014

* star psychology

"Words are like the spider's web: a shelter for the clever ones and a trap for the not-so-clever."

The Fox and the Monkey Elected King

The monkey, having danced in an assembly of the animals and earned their approval, was elected by them to be king. The fox was jealous. So, seeing a piece of meat one day in a snare, he led the monkey to it, saying that he had found a treasure. But rather than take it for himself, he had kept guard of it, as it's possession was surely a prerogative of royalty. The fox then urged him to take it.

The monkey approached it, taking no care, and was caught in the trap. When he accused the fox of luring him into a trap, the fox replied:

"Monkey, you want to reign over all the animals, but look what a fool you are!"

It is thus that those who throw themselves into an enterprise without sufficient thought not only fail, but even become a laughing stock.
(Aesop, Fables)

"Blindness and Narcissism are not so rare; we find them everyday. Our natural tendency is to see other people as mere reflections of our own desires and values. Failing to understand the ways they are not like us, we are surprised when they do not respond as we had imagined. We unintentionally offend and alienate people, then blame them, not our inability to understand them, for the damage done.

Understand: if you let narcissism act as a screen between you and other people, you will misread them and your strategies will misfire. You must be aware of this and struggle to see others dispassionately. Every individual is like an alien culture. You must get inside his or her way of thinking, not as an exercise in sensitivity, but out of strategic necessity. Only by knowing your enemies can you ever hope to vanquish them."
(Robert Greene, Know Your Enemy)

"Be submissive so that he will trust you and you will thereby learn about his true situation. Accept his ideas and respond to his affairs as if you were twins. Once you have learned everything, subtly gather in his power. Thus when the ultimate day arrives, it will seem as if Heaven itself destroyed him."
(Tai Kung, Six Secret Teachings)

Niobe | by Patrick Watts

Transcending | RHCP



"For our sins God has created three enemies for us: mice in the house, the fox in the mountains, and a priest in our village."

"If you forgive the fox for stealing your chickens, he will take your sheep."

"Many foxes grow gray but few grow good."

"The lion is ashamed, it's true, when he hunts with the fox."

"When a fox preaches, take care of your geese."

"Where there are no hounds the fox is king."



"A monkey makes fun of the red behinds of his fellow monkeys."

"Even monkeys fall from trees."

"Brides and mothers-in-law are like dogs and monkeys."

"When there are no great tigers in the deep mountains, even a monkey can become king."

"If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys."

"Even if a monkey wears a golden ring, it is and remains an ugly thing."

"At twenty a man will be a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy a monkey, and at eighty nothing."

"A person who misses a chance and the monkey who misses its branch -- both cannot be saved."

"Place a monkey in a cage, and it is the same as a pig, not because it isn't clever and quick, but because it has no place to freely exercise its capabilities."