STAGES OF STRENGTH IN RELATION TO FRIENDS AND ENEMIES
1. DOESN’T HAVE ENEMIES. CAN HAVE FRIENDS. DOESN’T NEED TO.
2. HAS SOME ENEMY(OR ENEMIES). CAN HAVE FRIENDS AT REDUCED CAPACITY.
3. HAS MANY ENEMIES. NOT VERY/GENUINELY FRIENDLY.
4. ONLY HAS ENEMIES. CAN HAVE WAR ALLIES.
5. CAN’T TELL FRIEND FROM FOE CLEARLY. ALL APPEARS SOMEWHAT THE SAME. CAN’T TELL WHETHER HE IS FRIEND OR FOE CLEARLY. HE DISTRUSTS AND FRIENDS BECOME DISTRUSTFUL.
6. HE HAS BECOME THE (HIS OWN) ENEMY. PRETENDS TO BEFRIEND OTHERS AND BETRAYS THEM.
7. LOSES ALL STRENGTH/CONTROL.
I wrote this out of my own observation and analysis. It is meant to help ‘debunk’ the idea that strength is connected to harming others, and not to proove anybody weak nor otherwise wrong. It is a presentation of thoughts I’ve read about and heard of, and not of persons. It is also meant to show how seeing all as the same -as in the case of seeing and treating friends and foes alike- can have harmful implications for oneself and others. And how come being or having an enemy is good compared to being or having a false friend. Of course, the optimum would be to neither be nor have any enemies, nor false friends, and that’s what I put on top. But it’s just not the same as being/having that, and acting as if everything is cool.