Playing the game one level up
Last week I wrote:
If you're losing the game,
try instead playing the different game that is one level up.
I remembered a wonderful example of this: The
Chen Sheng and Wu Guang Uprising of 209 BCE.
As Wikipedia tells it:
[Chen Sheng] was a military captain along with Wu Guang when the two of them
were ordered to lead 900 soldiers to Yuyang
to help defend the northern border
against Xiongnu. Due to storms, it became clear that they could not
get to Yuyang by the deadline, and according to law, if soldiers could
not get to their posts on time, they would be executed. Chen Sheng and
Wu Guang, believing that they were doomed, led their soldiers to start
The uprising was ultimately unsuccessful, but it at least bought Chen Sheng
and Wu Guang some time.
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