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Unread postby Sum Gai » Sat Sep 04, 2004 4:27 am

That means that a person should know his friends well and his enemies better. Makes sense, really.
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Unread postby Lucifer » Sat Sep 04, 2004 4:28 am

Also, that can mean keeping your enemy as a close friend so that, when the time is right, you can stab him in the back.
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Unread postby SesshomaruTenseiga » Sat Sep 04, 2004 4:29 am

Master Still Water wrote:I have a question (obviously) :roll:

I don't quite understand the phrase "keep your friends close and your enemies closer." Why on earth would you want your enemies closer to you than your friends? :?


It means be nice to your friends, and at the same time, keep your enemies close so you always know what they're doing. I think this is said in that you aren't obvious enemies yet, but you're waiting to make your move. You haven't started fighting yet, but you will...
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Unread postby Mei Zhen » Sat Sep 04, 2004 4:41 am

I believe this saying arises from a couple of ideas: when an enemy is close, they may be watched and monitored more carefully, and in a less physical sense, if they are emotionally closer, then you get to understand them better and may be able to see their motivations and predict future behavior. That's just my read on it.
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Unread postby Master Still Water » Mon Sep 06, 2004 2:29 am

Thanks guys, now I feel like an idiot. I've been trying to make sense out of that phrase from a literal perspective. :lol: :wink:

Thanks for the clarification!
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Unread postby Elven Fury » Tue Sep 07, 2004 8:36 pm

Did Akechi Mitsuhide assassinate Oda Nobunaga?
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Unread postby Ranbir » Tue Sep 07, 2004 9:02 pm

I can't remember if he killed him personally, but Oda did fall in the coup led by Akechi. I think there is another general of Oda I'm forgetting.
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Unread postby KingofWei&Wu » Wed Sep 08, 2004 10:17 pm

Why is it that cats always have to sit on something? If there is an empty table, they will sit on it, but if there is nothing but a piece of paper off to the side, they have to sit on that and nowhere else on the table. Why is that?
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Unread postby Lucifer » Wed Sep 08, 2004 11:54 pm

I haven't really noticed cats doing that- out of all four that I have. I know cats like to play around with new materials, partly because of smell, partly because they're curious. Cats will, however, go for warm places, because their thick coats don't allow much heat in, despite letting heat out.
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Unread postby Equinox » Fri Sep 10, 2004 3:12 pm

Another point is that cats will often rub up against, or sit on legs and new objects, because that is one of the ways they use to claim new territory: marking it with scent from a gland on their sides, or with urine. Thankfully trained house cats don't pee everywhere like tigers do to mark their ownership of an area.
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