Heavy Logix.

Lateral Thoughts on Life.

Gangster Clowns.

Using deception to accomplish your aims has always been a critical part of winning strategy. The value of surprising the opponent is often more effective than raw brute strength in achieving victory.

This is clearly shown in famous Bible stories such as David versus Goliath and also in lesser known tales such as that of Ehud the left-handed assassin.

Other cultures also respect the use of surprise. In the Art of War, the chinese classic, written by Sun Tzu, he says simply, “All Warfare is based on Deception, when we are strong, we must appear weak, when we are able, we must appear incapable and when we are near, we must appear far away.”

Jamaicans say simply, “Play (the) fool, to catch (the) Wise.”

The simplest way to surprise someone is to befriend them or appear harmless like a clown. The serial killer Gacy made use of this technique often in his sick twisted career of rape and murder.

The Ancient Orientals in “The Thirty-Six Stratagems”, stated the strategy as “Hide the Dagger behind a Smile”.

Most famous of all military deceptions though was probably the story of Troy. As I remember it, Troy was engaged in terrible war and a peace treaty and a gift, in the shape of a horse, was given to their opponents. The opponents graciously accepted the gift, in hopes of stemming further mindless carnage. After pulling the gift horse into their city, the citizens were rudely awakened, that night, by the many soldiers who had been secreted in the belly of the Horse “gift”. The city was sacked. All because no one had taken the time to look into the Gift Horse’s mouth.

As I recently found three Trojans on my Computer after running a virus scan I’ve been thinking of this strategy a lot. Questions I cannot answer have flooded my mind since.

Who among my friends was giving me these gifts ? Whose smile was fake ? Who was intent on reading my email and trying to uncover all my secrets while appearing to be a friend ? Why would someone want to destroy my privacy and peace of mind like this ?

As I reflected on it I constructed a simple Facebook status message to describe my newly heightened levels of paranoia. It said “hmmm …luckily no condoms found on my bed but I just found a few scary Trojans on my computer.”

Most of my friends found it all hilarious and I laughed too, but my laughing stopped quickly, because the hackers are still at large. When someone, anyone, violates my privacy I fear, that if I ever find out who they are, I may have to become a Killer, instead of just a Clown.

I will teach them a lesson.

Luckily for them …so far…they’re way smarter than I am.

For now I just listen to some Beenie Man lyrics and try to forget the paranoia …”Don’t take gangster fi clown.” the dancehall beats quickly numb my pain…the pain of betrayal by friends.


March 18, 2009 - Posted by | blog, Lateral Thinking, non fiction, Strategy, writing


  1. On behalf of blogland, I sincerely hope you never have to go from clown to killer…

    Comment by ruthibelle | March 18, 2009 | Reply

  2. You don’t think a friend knowingly sent you the trojans, do you? Surely you know that it was the porn sites? ;^)

    Comment by Mad Bull | March 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. Ha ha yeah the scary thing is you never know where you got the trojans from so you become paranoid and lose the precious gift called peace of mind.

    Comment by heavy logix | March 20, 2009 | Reply

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