Even we children were taught not to talk about things we saw, no matter how strange. And so, when I almost stepped on my elementary school teacher and a soldier making love in the picnic grounds behind a little white chapel, I never uttered a word. The Germans never found out.
One in four adults was a government informant, many of them enlisted from the workplace with orders to file weekly reports of any loose talk or security breaks. Even our future mayor was a spy. We didn't know it then, but intelligence agents hung around cafeterias and restrooms and dormitories watching and listening. They posed as bus drivers and waiters, scientists and librarians. A loose tongue could get you a trip out of town. No one ever seemed to know where.
saulgoodman, Sun Tzu didn't say that. In the first place, there probably wasn't a "Sun Tzu". In the second place, I have read several translations of the Art of War, and nothng close to that appears in any of them. In the third place, a quick Google attributes that quote, or something very like it, to Michael Ventura.
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