That one time I armwrestled a guy…
…and I defeated him by making him give up.
I don’t mean that I toyed with him.
I never had the upper hand.
Most of the time he had me at three quarters, but there he ran into a brick wall.
This not only exhausted him physically, but also weakened him psychologically, because in his mind, based on his cultural (self-)indoctrination, what is supposed to happen is that the more you dominate, the easier it gets.
So he faltered and I gained ground.
And as soon as I was threatening to move past the middle, to gain even the littlest bit of upper hand, he found new strength and pushed again. And again ran into that brick wall.
That’s when he resorted to cheating. But that didn’t get him much farther either. It only hastened his surrender.
This is internal power.
Where you know when you have enough and can rely on that.
Those who aim to win will lose. The game distracts you from what’s real.
This is showing the profound difference in mindset that drive capitalism and socialism as world view and way of life, way of being.
In the former, the more you gain the more important it becomes. In the latter, the more you gain the less important it becomes. Because it focuses on building a baseline for everybody and the understanding that that makes the world safer for everybody. It is not driven by fear (selfishness, individualist obsession), but by love (altruism). This requires social intelligence, which is inherently a spiritual path; realizing the connectedness of all things.
Don’t fall for the great con, tempting you with borrowed power.
Sacrifices need to be made anyway. If you realize this early-on, you can make them on your terms.
If not … then your enemy decides whether you live or die.