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Daemon
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The most practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe...We think that for a general about to fight an enemy, it is important to know the enemy's numbers, but still more important to know the enemy's philosophy.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)
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Not surprising for a religious man like G. K. C. really was.
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As in NamSpeak to the hand
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Getting to know your archenemy intimately close is key to winning. It's just like with your closest friend...
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and better way to vanish your enemies is to know their weak parts of ideas
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It's important to know your enemy's numbers as well as philosophy provided you already know the enemy within. With an enemy within on the loose, your victory over your enemy is unlikely and at best short-lived.
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In the preface to that admirable collection of essays of his called
Heretics, Mr. Chesterton writes these words:

There are some people - and I am one of them — who think that the most practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe. We think that for a landlady considering a lodger, it is important to know his in-
come, but still more important to know his philosophy.
We think that for a general about to fight an enemy, it is important to know the enemy's numbers, but still more important to know the enemy's philosophy. We think the question
is not whether the theory of the cosmos affects matters, but whether in the long run anything else affects them.


https://archive.org/stream/popularsciencemo70newy/popularsciencemo70newy_djvu.txt
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Daemon wrote:
The most practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe...We think that for a general about to fight an enemy, it is important to know the enemy's numbers, but still more important to know the enemy's philosophy.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)


A man's view of the universe is worthless without the right view of himself, skewed at best.
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