Great Deer wrote:We all know that Liu Bei paid 3 visits to Zhuge Liang's resident to show his sincerity in wanting the latter assist him in his cause. However, before the question is, why did Zhuge Liang choose Liu Bei as his master? Was it because of similar personalities and beliefs? It was widely believed that Zhuge Liang did not choose Liu Biao even though he was living on his land because he did not see Liu Biao as a capable ruler. However, what about that of Cao Cao? Perhaps he was too wicked and his notorious deeds at Xu Zhou had spread to Zhuge Liang's ear. Now, what about Sun Quan?
Zhang Liao17 wrote:Zhuge Liang was originally a hermit and planned to live his life out that way. He would have been perfectly content at sleeping dragon mountain but Liu Bei arrived and showed him such great kindness and virtue that Kongming joined him. Sun Quan and Cao Cao never tried to acquire him and neither did Liu Biao. Zhuge Liang did not want office, just a simple life. All that changed with Liu Bei's three visits.
Great Deer wrote:I disagree. I don't think any man who wants to lead a peaceful life (esp. that of a hermit) would bother to learn the Arts of War, befriending the powerful families of Jing Zhou, observing the turbulent events to such details, etc.
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