22
Jul
09

Tiger and mountain

In Chinese there’s a popular expression “a tiger who find himself out on flat open plains can be bullied by dogs” (虎落平阳被犬欺).

Tiger is a solitary animal, whereas dogs are pack animals. The tiger has strong bones and powerful muscles, excellent for bringing down large prey. But because of the large size, it lacks endurance. So its tactic is to rely on camouflage and cover, and use sudden ambush to quickly bring down the prey. For these reasons their ideal habitat are deep mountains. Dogs by comparison, are much smaller, less explosive, but has far better endurance. It can chase down prey over long distances, especially with teamwork. Therefore it does well on flat, open areas. So this phrase means when you leave your ideal operating environment, you can fall prey even to lesser opponents.

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No weapon is perfect, ideal for all situations. Depending on the situation, we have to have the right combination of weapons and tactics. A related expression is “letting tiger go back into the mountain” (放虎归山). It means letting a dangerous opponent retreat to its native element.

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